East Africa Appeal


IMWS launched an appeal last month in response to the dire humanitarian situation in east Africa, where 22 million people are in need of aid. Drought and conflict have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia. In Kenya, the government has declared a national emergency and Ethiopia is battling a new wave of drought following the strongest El Nino (a natural weather cycle in the tropical Pacific) on record. 800,000 children are also said to be affected. Donations will go towards purchasing food packs and liquid packs, the latter for those too weak to take solid food. The IMWS appeal is due to end Sunday 9th April. Collection buckets are available in all affiliated masjids. Donations can also be made in person at the Al-Hikmah Centre. Chair of IMWS Charity, Rafik Dabhad, said: “We cannot ignore the crisis that is unfolding in multiple countries in eastern Africa, where millions upon millions are on the brink of starvation due to drought and conflict. It is the poor and needy, as is so often the case, who face the worst of this crisis. As ever, the people of Batley have responded in kind and donated generous amounts. May the Almighty accept our efforts and help the people in east Africa. Ameen.”