As Muslims around the globe celebrate the arrival of Ramadan, millions of families will experience the holy month in refugee camps, informal settlements, and unfinished buildings, facing dire living conditions with insufficient food or proper shelter.
The alarming rise in personal debt and impoverishment means this Ramadan will be harder for families to put food on the table by the end of the day.
UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is the international organisation mandated to act as a safety net for the protection of refugees and internally displaced people globally.
They work around the clock to provide shelter, clean water, healthcare, education and other urgent needs to millions of refugees from Syria, Yemen and Iraq to the Horn of Africa and other war-torn countries.
Zeenat Abdool, national information officer at the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria said, “During the holy month of Ramadan, we urge family members who will gather daily for Iftar (breaking of fast) to show empathy and solidarity. We urge the public to bring change to one refugee family’s life.”
They humbly appeal to please dedicate their ‘sadaqah’ this Ramadan to help displaced and refugee families receive basic lifesaving assistance, and help secure food and Eid clothing for their children.
They further appeal to share these details to donate with seven other people to create a Sunbulah Eefect to their good deed towards refugees today.
Those wishing to donate can do so online by clicking here. Alternatively, they can SMS the word ‘Ramadan’ to 42656 to donate R30, 00.