This past Ramadan was a very difficult month for the Muslim Ummah as a whole. This is because one particular region of the world experienced a needless and overwhelming amount of bloodshed and suffering; Gaza.
As of the writing of this post, over 1700 innocent lives have been lost and the majority of these people have been women, children and the elderly. The suffering of Gaza people is all over the news and the world is still coming to terms with the enormous amount of damage that has been dealt to them and more importantly, the tragic loss of life they have had to bear. What is even more troubling is that the situation in Gaza took mere days to go from normal to tense to downright genocidal.
One thing was made clear from all the initial turmoil though; the people there needed a lot of help and they needed it immediately. Muslim Aid realized this all too well; something had to be done, and quickly.
So we went to work on it. Conducting relief aid work for over two decades has prepared us well to tackle situations like this.
Muslim Aid immediately launched the Gaza Emergency Appeal:
And before long we were in Gaza, on foot delivering goods to affected citizens. The above video was shot in Gaza just a few weeks ago when the crisis was still unfolding.
We owe the success of this first campaign to your support and financial backing. The response we received from the Muslim Ummah was not only sensational, it was also inspirational.
The donations flooded in and instilled our staff with a new level of inspiration both in the office and on the ground, driving them to make sure plenty of aid reached as many Palestinians as possible. Door to door we went; with groceries, consumables and toys for kids. Everywhere we went, we found the citizens severely lacking in the most basic of life’s necessities. There was no water in the city. Nor was there electricity. This limited our relief aid work to the day shift only, but we made the most of it.
While we managed to stay out of harm’s way, one thing we couldn’t escape were the stories we heard along the way. It was a very sobering experience as our crew went from neighbourhood to neighbourhood being greeted with sad eyes and hopelessness. Every part of the city had its own tale of pain, sorrow, defiance and tragedy. This only served to strengthen our resolve in helping the people of Gaza.
They had suffered so much already and we knew whatever could be done to ease their suffering would be the best thing for them. We met children along the way as well and one child told us of how she managed to get her little brothers and sisters to safety in the middle of the night when the sirens went off.
Muslim Aid is actively working in Gaza as of the writing of this post. There is still a lot of work to be done though. You only need to turn on the television or scan the newspapers to see the multitude of problems that plague Gaza.
We encourage our supporters, followers and valued donors to get involved in relief aid work for Gaza. Donate generously or volunteer at Muslim Aid to collect donations. Do your part to save lives in Gaza.
Tell the people of Gaza that they have not been forgotten.
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