Many people dream of the beauty of white, soft and fluffy snow, but yet there are those who are suffering from the cold harsh winter.
Did you know that winter can take human lives, especially children, women, and the elderly?
Among the signs or symptoms that can have a big impact on health when winter arrives include dry and flaky skin, hypothermia, ‘frostbite’ or burns, heart attacks, and more.
Imagine, how the situation of the world’s more than 736 million people living below the poverty line faces winter without heaters, blankets, and comfortable homes to shelter.
The threat of winter in this COVID-19 pandemic phase is putting double pressure on them.
Islamic Relief’s Response
Based on concern, Islamic Relief continues to proactively help these affected groups by launching the Winter Appeal campaign from November 3 to December 31, 2021, with a target of RM300,000.
This aid will be channeled to refugees in Idlib and Aleppo, Syria as well as beneficiaries in Kabul, Kapisa, Balkh, Bamyan, Nangarhar, and Herat, Afghanistan.
A total of 2,940 beneficiaries from 588 families in Syria will receive 450 kilograms of pirina (heating material) that can be used for 3 months.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, a total of 1,904 beneficiaries from 272 families will receive blankets and food packs containing wheat flour, rice, cooking oil, red beans, and salt.
Aid goods provided to beneficiaries are sourced from the local market to help generate the economy of the assisted country.
There are two donation packages offered through the Winter Appeal campaign, namely ‘Stay Warm With Love’ with a value of RM150 and ‘Stay Safe With Love’ worth RM250.
Among the groups selected to receive winter aid in Afghanistan and Syria are single mothers, orphans, chronic patients, disabled people (OKU), low-income groups, pregnant and lactating mothers as well as families affected by COVID-19, internally displaced persons (IDPs), households with no income and a large number of dependents.
A Decade of Conflict in Syria
According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 11.1 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance to survive.
Since the outbreak of the war conflict in Syria in March 2011, the Syrian people have gone through a phase of hardship and suffering that they never at all imagined. The violence and attacks launched resulted in many being forced to flee from one place to another endlessly, in search of shelter and refuge.
They are forced to live without access to food, drink, education, medicine, and many other basic necessities of life.
“Before the crisis hit, we were able to enjoy good food. We are able to keep livestock that can produce dairy products. Then, we sell and enjoy life with a good income. But that’s all an old story, now our house has been destroyed in a bomb attack launched, our land is burned. Our lives have been destroyed, everything has been lost so much so that we can’t even afford to buy a loaf of bread,” said Umm Ismail sadly.
Afghanistan Needs Urgent Humanitarian Aid
According to a United Nations (UN) report released last July, at least 12 million Afghans are reported to be facing the threat of starvation at a critical level while another 3.5 million are at risk of starvation.
If humanitarian aid is not channeled at an immediate rate, this disaster will claim many lives plus the coming winter soon.
According to the Coordinator of the Islamic Relief Afghanistan Humanitarian Program, Mohammed Hamid Sattai, the existing shops have increased the price of food sold by 10 to 20 percent within a week and it is also expected that the price of food items will continue to rise due to border closures and problems. Disruptions that occur in the sales market.
“We see that the people’s situation is getting desperate so that they have to ask for vegetables that have withered and are no longer sold in nearby shops and pick flowers to make soup.
“They are facing difficulties in providing food for the family. Some had to eat once a day and some could not touch anything at all. Women and children are among the worst affected, ”said Mohammed Hamid Sattai.
Stay Warm With LOVE
Pirina (Heating Matertial)
Stay Safe With LOVE
Let us help those affected in Syria and Afghanistan through the Winter Appeal campaign with Islamic Relief Malaysia.
Nothing is impossible if we are united. Together we can save their lives.
Keep Them Warm & Alive