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On World Refugee Day on 20th June 2012, Muslim Aid expressed full support for the millions of people across the world forced to flee their homes and take refuge in other countries due to natural disasters and armed conflicts. According to the UN more than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities.
This year’s theme of World Refugee Day is “Refugees have no choice. You do.” Supporting this year’s theme, a Spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “Muslim Aid expresses solidarity with the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes and having to settle down in unfamiliar surroundings with an uncertain future. Whilst we have the luxury of making choices about our lives, these refugees, especially children have nothing to rely on except their extraordinary courage and strong will power to survive difficult times. Muslim Aid urges the international community to give these refugees a ray of hope, a future to look forward to and a life they can return to in peace and with dignity.”
One of the core Objects of Muslim Aid is to assist refugees fleeing from war zones and disasters. Over the last 27 years, Muslim Aid has been providing relief to refugees in countries such as Bosnia, Jordan, Lebanon, Kenya, Pakistan, and Somalia. Last year, Muslim Aid helped thousands of refugees and displaced people who fled their homes from the Horn of Africa due to the devastating famine. Muslim Aid also supported refugees from Libya and Syria during the escalating violence. Muslim Aid teams have provided the Syrian refugees with humanitarian relief in Lebanon and Jordan and continue to do so as the crisis worsens.
Note to editors:
- Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 27 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.
- For further information about the work of Muslim Aid and its overseas field offices, please visit the Muslim Aid website at www.muslimaid.org to tune in to Muslim Aid TV or go to our Twitter Account Muslim_Aid or contact Inlia Aziz on (+44) 020 7377 4200;
or via post on PO Box 3| London | E1 1WP.
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