Appeal launched amid humanitarian crisis


yemen-Two in three Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from according to a report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The report states 22.2 million people are in need of humanitarian aid to survive and around 10 percent of the population have been displaced.

The report says, “Humanitarian needs across Yemen continue to increase, fuelled by the on-going conflict that has collapsed the economy, crippled social services and severely disrupted livelihoods.

“With more than 17 million – two in three people – not knowing where their next meal will come from, Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.”

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, on-going since rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government in 2015. More than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and over 2.5 million have been displaced.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, stated in early April that out of the 22 million people affected, 11.3 million are children.

According to Guterres, around 18 million people suffer from food insecurity. The country is also facing a severe shortage of clean water, which has resulted in over a million cases of diarrhoea and cholera in 2017 alone.

IMWS Charity sub-committee has this year decided to focus their annual Iftari Appeal to help provide food for the victims of the civil war in Yemen.

Food packs containing essential food items of 25kg wheat flour, 10kg rice, 5kg white grain, 4kg vegetable oil, 0.5kg salt, 10kg sugar and 3kg Dates will be distributed to the poorest and the needy in the country.

These food parcels are a lifeline to millions living under desperate conditions throughout the month of Ramadhaan. Even though they are living far below the poverty line, many fast in the month and have no food with which to break their fast.

Distributions will take place in some of the worst affected areas including Aden and Lahj governorates in Yemen.

Your donations can help provide much-needed aid this Ramadhaan.

Local generosity has year-on-year continued to support the IMWS Iftari Appeal and provided thousands with the desperate aid they require. Once again, it is an opportunity for us to help and be rewarded for the kindness of our actions in this month of blessings.

You can make your donations at the IMWS Al-Hikmah Centre, or at the IMWS Affiliate Masjids or at participating masjids. Collections of zakat, sadaqah and lillah are being collected.