Muslim Aid has urged the international community to come together on the eve of World Hunger Day to resolve the problem of food insecurity, echoing concerns from the recent G8 Summit about the poor level of involvement by developed countries and leading humanitarian organisations in assuaging hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.
A spokesperson from Muslim Aid said, “Sustained interventions are required for combating the food crisis that has hit so many countries, as a consequence of conflicts, climate change, natural disasters and misapplication of agricultural resources. There is an immediate need in areas like the Horn of Africa and Sahel to provide emergency response and devise long term sustenance programmes to prevent negative economic indicators taking hold such as low mortality, poor physical and mental growth and low economic productivity that stem out of the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. ”
According to recent UN reports, in the Horn of Africa region, over 12 million people require food aid and over 300,000 children have been left severely malnourished and at risk of death because of droughts and famines.
Muslim Aid has been instrumental in restoring food security in disaster affected regions, such as Somalia, with the distribution of food packs and drinking water among the affected. The seasonal programmes of the Charity are also aimed at comforting victims of hunger. In 2011, for instance, Muslim Aid staff, volunteers and partners distributed healthy and nutritious halal food throughout Ramadan to vulnerable people in countries like Somalia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Lebanon and Mexico as part of the “Feed the Fasting” programme.
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- 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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