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News Update-CBS Las Vegas: “Islamic Relief Donates Thousands For Shooting Victims”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the CBS Las Vegas in Oct 2017: 

 

“LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – A group based out of Virginia called Islamic Relief USA will donate $10,000 to a fund to help the families of the victims of the mass shooting last week near the strip.

The October 1 shooting killed nearly 60 people and injured more than 500 people.

“Words cannot explain the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history that took place last Sunday at an outdoor event,” said Sharif Aly, interim CEO at Islamic Relief USA. “The pain runs very deep. Islamic Relief USA’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the victims’ families. We also want to help in the healing process, supporting those who were physically or emotionally impacted by this horrific attack,” Aly said.

The donation will go to the Islamic Foundation of Nevada, which is in charge of disbursing the funds. The money will go to pay for medical bills and funeral expenses, among other things. ”

 

Source: CBS Las Vegas

 

 

News Update | Mexico

-Mexico was struck by a powerful earthquake on Tuesday 19th September.

-The quake hit at 13.14 local time (18.14 GMT)

-The epicentre was near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City, at a depth of 32 miles (USGS).

-At least 149 people have died across the country, and dozens of buildings have collapsed.

-About two million people in the capital are without electricity and phone lines are down.

-There have been 11 aftershocks following the initial quake, with the largest at a magnitude of 4.

Pray for them.

 

Update News: Myanmar Emergency Appeal

Islamic Relief has been working in Myanmar since 2008, delivering life-saving emergency aid, food and hygiene kits to those displaced by internal conflict and inter-communal violence. We’ve rebuilt schools and funded healthcare through innovative clinics, which allow us to reach isolated communities.

 

Violent clashes leave over 100 people dead

During August 2017, the emergency situation worsened in Rakhine State with violent clashes resulting in over one hundred dead and thousands left without access to food, shelter or security. This recent spate of conflict has not only seen civilians killed but buildings burned down and landmines planted. Whilst 3,000 displaced Rohingya have reportedly obtained passage into Bangladesh to seek refuge in camps and villages, many more are turned around at the border. Entire townships have had to be evacuated creating wholly displaced communities in temporary shelter in schools and public buildings.

Islamic Relief is continuing its on-going operation in Myanmar and is closely monitoring the crisis in Rakhine State – please donate now and help save lives.

Source from: Islamic Relief UK

Emergency Response As Sierra Leone Mudslide Claims Almost 400 Lives

A national emergency has been declared after severe flooding and mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Almost 400 people have been confirmed dead, and at least 600 still missing according to BBC news reports.

Sierra Leone’s president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by the disaster on the outskirts of the country’s capital.

Islamic Relief will work with a local partner to support those affected by:

  • Providing the necessary support to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health for the burial of victims
  • Distributing bedding kits and kitchen utensils to 300 families
  • Supporting community based mobilisation to ensure displaced people are housed

Funding desperately needed to avert humanitarian catastrophe

A complete and utter disaster on an apocalyptic scale is destined to occur in Afder, the Somali region in the south east of Ethiopia.

According to recent reports from the United Nations before the year is out some 10.5 million people will not have regular access to safe drinking water, 8.5 million people will require emergency food assistance and 376,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished.

Tensions are rising as the competition for resources, such as water, becomes more acute. Islamic Relief is delivering water supplies to the region using water tanker trucks, which is a last resort and unsustainable in the long term.

David Crawford, Head of Islamic Relief Worldwide’s humanitarian department recently came back from the region.

“Travelling around that part of Ethiopia is like being on an apocalyptic movie set such as Mad Max. Swirling dust storms along with rotting animals has led to there being an overriding stench of death. The situation is desperate with a need for clean water and sanitation to help stem the spread of water borne diseases such as acute watery diarrhoea.

“Islamic Relief is working closely with government-led health centres – supplying vaccinations, medicines and training staff in patient assessments and referrals. We are also providing outreach medical services to the mothers and children who are unable to make it to the centres. We are operating in remote parts of the Somali region with an entirely local team, who communicate closely with community members to find out their needs.

“In addition to water, food and medicine, people have asked for cash so they can then choose whether or not they spend it on shelter or assets to rebuild their livelihoods. This allows them to lead their lives with as much dignity and self-respect as is possible in these circumstances.”

Food Insecurity Leaves 8.5 Million People In Need Of Urgent Assistance In Ethiopia

Prolonged drought and increasing food insecurity in Ethiopia has resulted in internal displacement, particularly in the Afar region which borders Somalia.

In Ethiopia, 8.5 million people are currently food insecure and require urgent assistance.

In the last three months alone this number has increased dramatically from 7.8 million as the situation worsens.

 

376,000 children aged five or under are severely malnourished.

An acute lack of food and water across the region has led to people fleeing their homes in search of survival.

Islamic Relief Ethiopia is one of just a few agencies able to access the Afar Zone in the Somali region, which is amongst the worst affected areas in East Africa.

Our teams on the ground have carried out a rapid needs assessment at a camp where 3,000 families are in need of urgent immediate assistance.

Emergency provisions such as water, food, shelter and hygiene kits have been identified as the most urgent needs.

Islamic Relief UK, alongside the wider Islamic Relief family, is supporting an integrated response which will aim to meet the immediate needs of these families.

 

Please donate towards our East Africa Crisis Appeal and help us save lives.