On World Humanitarian Day, Muslim Aid has joined the international community, non-governmental and community based organisations in commemorating the efforts of aid workers across the globe.
World Humanitarian Day is about recognising the hard work and efforts of men and women around the world who commit their time and skills to saving lives in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Earlier this year a number of aid workers lost their lives in the way of helping others, including Dr Khalil Dale, a former employee of Muslim Aid. Despite these tragic incidents, many aid workers have continued their passion to help others and have not been discouraged by the impending dangers. On this occasion, Muslim Aid pays tribute to the fallen humanitarian workers from various charities who led from the front but died serving the victims of disasters.
Whether man-made or natural, when disasters strike, the loss of life and livelihoods is catastrophic. Currently in Myanmar, over 66,000 Rohingya people have been displaced as a result of ethnic conflict. Although it has proven difficult to access the affected areas, delivery of humanitarian aid cannot be delayed. In the Middle East, the last sixteen months have seen thousands of people flee for their lives as conflict inside Syria has worsened. Muslim Aid responded by providing consistent humanitarian response in delivering emergency relief such as medicines, food, sanitary items, blankets and education for children. Similarly, last year when Somalia suffered from the horrific drought, our staff were one of the first aid workers distributing aid in Somalia.
A spokesperson from Muslim Aid said, “The dedication and commitment to saving lives is paramount in this field of work. Humanitarian staff and volunteers always go the extra mile to ensure aid reaches as many people as possible. Muslim Aid adheres to this noble principle and endeavours to serve humanity through rapid response wherever it is most needed.”
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.
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