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Summer 2006
Issue 29

                                                                       food crisis

                Fresh hope                   New challenge                 Earthquake
                Ts u n a m i                 Ye m e n                      South Asia
                               Pages 18-19                   Page 20                    Pages 21-32
                                                  In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate.
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                                                                                      Contents                               On the dusty barren plains of Mandera in
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                                                                                                                             forget. I watched humans and animals drink the
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                                                                                                                             carcasses scattered everywhere with frightening
E                                     Horn of Africa / Learning the hard way             6-7      frequency.
                                   F E AT U R E

Germany                                                                Horn of Africa / Desert conditions           8-9
Islamic Relief Deutschland
Steinberger Str. 14, 50733 Koln                                                   Horn of Africa / The facts       10 - 11   The villagers and pastoralists for whom this is
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E                                               Horn of Africa / Happiness shall come            12 - 13
                                                                                                                             day they watch helplessly as their livestock die.
Holland                                                            Horn of Africa / Emergency response               14      They have dug as deep as they can to find water
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                                                                                     Malawi / A late harvest         15      and what they find is not fit to drink. But they
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                                                                      Tsunami / New hope for the future            18 - 19
Italy                                                                                                                        Wherever I went the faces were different but
Islamic Relief                                                              Yemen / Land of good fortune             20      the stories were the same. People rely on
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T +0039 02 36523730                                               South Asia earthquake / Introduction               21      animals for their livelihood but where human
                                                                  South Asia earthquake / Paradise lost              22      beings struggle to eat what chance do their
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                                                                South Asia earthquake / Missing home                 23
                                   F E AT U R E

Islamic Relief
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                                                               South Asia earthquake / Young survivors               24      As I travelled across the rugged landscape where
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E                                            South Asia earthquake / The relief effort           26 - 27   children looking desperately to their mothers
                                                                                                                             hoping that food and water will be forthcoming.
Mauritius                                            South Asia earthquake / Six-month relief operation            28 - 31
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E                                                       Chechnya / Holding on to hope            36 - 37   Thousands of people were packed into a local
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                                                                                                                             mosque that Friday, performing a special prayer.
                                                                    Albania / Young, fit and unemployed            38 - 39
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                                                                                                                             Theirs was a simple plea: “O God, send us rain.”
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                                                                                                                             so heavy that they created more problems,
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Kyrkbacken 25-27 kv
                                                                                                                             increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.
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E                                                                                             51      of a potential famine are starting to emerge.
                                                                          in a climate of fear and suspicion
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    Food crisis                                                                                                    April showers

                                                                                                                   After months of anticipation April saw heavy
                                                                                                                   rainfall and it seemed everyone’s prayers had
                                                                                                                   been answered. For some the rains brought

    Horn of Africa                                                                                                 relief but for most it caused further problems.
                                                                                                                   Flash flooding caused crops to be washed away,
                                                                                                                   roads became impassable preventing food aid
                                                                                                                   deliveries and cattle carcasses were swept into
                                                                                                                   water sources, contaminating them further.
                  • A serious food crisis is threatening    After three years of poor rain and prolonged
                                                            drought, 15 million people are now feared to           Emergency relief
                     15 million lives in the Horn of        be at risk from famine in the Horn of Africa. A
                                                            lack of rain had caused crops to wither, water         With the current weather extremes and the
                     Africa.                                holes to dry up and precious livestock to die.         international community still largely reluctant
                                                            More recently intense rainfall has brought much        to respond, the Horn of Africa could soon be
                                                                                                                   in the grip of a terrible famine. Islamic Relief is
                  • The situation is most critical in       needed respite for a few but for most it has
                                                            brought even greater hardship.                         providing emergency food, water and health care
                                                                                                                   to thousands of people in Kenya and Ethiopia,
                     Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.           Year after year                                        focusing particularly on malnourished children.
                                                                                                                   Islamic Relief has also recently opened an office
                  • Years of poor rain have led to severe   With prolonged periods of drought year after
                                                            year, the cumulative effects of limited rainfall
                                                                                                                   in Somalia and efforts are underway to provide
                                                                                                                   emergency relief to the community there as
                                                            have caused a widespread food crisis in many
                     crop failure and death of livestock.   countries in Africa. The Horn of Africa is currently
                                                                                                                   quickly as possible.

                                                            the worst-affected area but other countries            Ongoing crisis
                  • Intense rainfall has recently created   including Malawi, Niger and Mali are also
                                                            suffering.                                             Survivors of this terrible crisis will need help to
                     further problems in some areas.                                                               rebuild their lives and livelihoods. However it is
                                                            Animals dying                                          predicted that the threat of famine will be ever
                                                                                                                   present in the region as droughts and weather
                  • Signs of a potential famine are         Nomadic and pastoral communities are most at           extremes become more frequent. The cumulative
                                                            risk from the devastating effects of the drought       effects of each crisis will make it harder for people
                     starting to emerge.                    as they depend on their animals for survival.          to cope each year. They will only manage to
                                                            Some people have even stripped the grass from          survive if they have long term coping strategies
                                                            the roofs of their houses in order to keep their       and the help of the international community.
                                                            animals alive. Yet with no water or food even the
                                                            hardiest animals, such as camels and goats are
                                                            dying, leaving communities with no source of
                                                            income or food.

                                                            Children at risk

                                                            Increasing numbers of children are becoming
                                                            malnourished. Those who are weak and
                                                            undernourished are especially vulnerable to
                                                            diseases such as measles, diarrhoea and malaria
                                                            which all too often prove to be fatal. The risk of
                                                            disease is also increased as families migrate to
                                                            towns and cities in search of relief.

                                                                                                                    The people of Mandera gather at the Jamia
                                                                                                                    Mosque to perform special prayers, asking for rain.

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    Learning the hard way
    Horn of Africa
                                                                                     “All the animals are dead,” he told Islamic Relief.
                                                                                     “I used to take him to school before, but now I do
                                                                                     not have the energy to carry him. I have nothing
                                                                                     to give him.”

                                                                                     Muhammad has been taking care of Abdul Qadir
                                                                                     since he was orphaned. By not going to school he
                                                                                     knows his nephew will be missing out on more
                                                                                     than an education. He will be losing out on the
                                                                                     one meal a day that was guaranteed for him.

                                                                                     The Principal of Libehia School, Shobay Abdi
                                                                                     Salan is well aware that in the current crisis, most
                                                                                     children are only enrolled at his school for the
                                                                                     sake of food. “Parents are enrolling their children
                                                                                                                                                      Muhammad explains to the Principal why he cannot take
                                                                                     so that they have food at lunchtime,” he explained.
                                                                                                                                                      Abdul Qadir to school.
                                                                                     “Children come here and tell me that they do not
                                                                                     have anything to eat at home so I give them some
                                                                                     scoops of maize.”                                             With only four teachers and not enough desks or chairs to
                                                                                                                                                   go round, Libehia School’s resources are under great strain.
                                                                                                                                                            Children as young as two are being enrolled at the
                                                                                                                                                            school which is supposed to cater for six to sixteen
                                                                                                                                    “		 LL	THE	ANIMALS	
                                                                                                                                      A                     year olds. Studying on an empty stomach, many
                                                                                                                                                            pupils find it difficult to concentrate, making the job
                                                                                                                                      ARE	DEAD”             of teachers even harder.

                                                                                                                                                               In Libehia village, as in many other areas in Kenya, the
                                                                                                                                                    food crisis is penetrating every aspect of society. Without food,
                                                                                                                                                    education is of little concern to parents who ordinarily have
                                                                                                                                                    great hopes for their children’s future. Sadly, they know only too
                                                                                                                                                    well that if help does not reach them, their children may not live
                                                                                                                                                    to complete their school days.

    Fourteen-year old Abdul Qadir lives in Mandera, Kenya. He is paralysed and
    uses a wheelbarrow in place of a wheelchair. Since his parents died, his uncle
    Muhammad has been taking him to school every day. But Muhammad no
    longer has the strength to do so. He has eleven children of his own to look
    after and no source of income.

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    Desert conditions
    Horn of Africa

    Waiting patiently in the desert sun, villagers form orderly queues as the
    Islamic Relief tanker pulls up carrying 10,000 litres of water. The prolonged
    drought has been so severe that women and children in Mandera, north-east
    Kenya, have stood by the roadside begging motorists for water. The Islamic
    Relief tanker will provide clean water for over 3,000 people and their animals
    but drought has been so widespread in the region that thousands more will
    be going without.

                                                                                     Osman Ali Shaikh, 44, (left) is chief of Kamorliban village. Like    Livestock is equivalent to livelihood in this region. They provide
                                                                                     so many others, he has been watching his livestock die before        milk, meat and, most importantly, an income for their owners.
                                                                                     his eyes. “We depend on our animals,” he told Islamic Relief. “All   The impact of the food crisis and drought has seen the price
                                                                                     my cattle have died. Now I have 35 goats which are very weak,        of livestock fall sharply in the market. Nobody is willing to buy
                                                                                     and three camels,” he said.                                          half-starved animals, especially as there is little water or food
                                                                                                                                                          available for them.
                                                                                     Kamorliban village once boasted 115 camels but now only 55
                                                                                     remain. The number of cattle has more than halved from 685           Islamic Relief’s water tankering project in Kamorliban provides
                                                                                     to 305, and almost 1500 goats and sheep have died. Donkeys,          much-needed water for villagers and their animals. “Thank you
                                                                                     which are used to transport water and produce, have also been        for assisting us in ferrying this water,” Osman said on behalf of
                                                                                     affected. The surviving animals are weak, often nothing more         his village. “Before people had to travel long distances to get
                                                                                     than skin and bones.                                                 water but now they can get it locally. We are using the water
                                                                                                                                                          for ourselves and for our animals,” he said.

                                                                                                                                                          But the animals will need more than water if they are to
                                                                                                                                                          survive. “The animals have nothing to eat - no grass, no leaves,”
                                                                                                                                                          explained Osman. “They have become very weak, dying here
                                                                                                                                                          and there and the people have nothing to eat because the
                                                                                                                                                          animals have died.”

                                                                                                                                                          Osman is aware that more help is urgently needed to stop the
                                                                                                                                                          crisis becoming a famine. “Our livestock is diminishing every
                                                                                                                                                          day. People’s source of livelihood is the livestock - if they die the
                                                                                                                                                          situation will become critical. We need assistance,” he said.

                                                                                      The Islamic Relief water tanker provides villagers in Kamorliban
                                                                                      with clean water.
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                                                                                                                                       Will rain solve the problem?

      Horn of Africa crisis                                                                                                            No. Since early April 2006 there have been varying
                                                                                                                                       degrees of rainfall but this does not mean people’s
                                                                                                                                       problems are over. For some, the rain has made problems
                                                                                                                                       worse. In many parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia,
                                                                                                                                       heavy rainfall has caused floods and washed away

      The facts                                                                                                                        any remaining crops. Flooding has also blocked roads,
                                                                                                                                       preventing aid from reaching people and many tens
                                                                                                                                       of thousands of people have had to leave their homes.
                                                                                                                                       Flood waters have also increased the risk of waterborne
                                                                                                                                       diseases and for animals, the sudden drop in night-time
      Why is there a food crisis?                                        Is it a famine?                                               temperatures has led to deaths caused by pneumonia.

      The Horn of Africa countries have suffered from years              No. The word ‘famine’ is a technical term that only applies
      of poor rainfall and prolonged periods of drought. In              to specific situations where vast numbers of people die
                                                                                                                                       So what is needed now - rain or no rain?
      2005 the lack of rain once again meant the earth dried             every day due to a lack of food, and where society is
                                                                                                                                                                                                   How serious is the problem this time round?
      up and crops and pasture land were destroyed. With no              no longer able to cope. This is not currently the case in
      drinking water or vegetation, herds of livestock have              the Horn of Africa but many analysts have identified          It is estimated that Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia need
      become weak and died. This has left people with no food            ‘pre-famine markers.’ Problems like malnutrition, lack of     three months of steady rain in order for harvests to        The current food crisis is particularly devastating
      and nothing to sell in order to buy the little food that           water, migration to urban areas and increase in disease       come back up to normal levels. However, more flash          because of the vast number of people affected and
      does exist.                                                        indicate that the situation is very serious.                  rains such as the ones that have been falling since April   level of suffering involved. Prolonged drought and food
                                                                                                                                       may prove fatal for both humans and animals.                shortages over several consecutive years have gradually
                                                                                                                                                                                                   destroyed people’s ability to cope, forcing them to rely
                                                                                                                                                                                                   on food aid. Families and communities are unable to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   recover from one period of drought or natural disaster
                                                                         Who is affected?                                                                                                          before another one hits. Every time, the cumulative
                                                                                                                                                                                                   effects are even more devastating.
                                                                         15 million lives are at risk in the Horn of Africa due
                                                                         to the food crisis. The number of people urgently in
                                                                         need of immediate food aid are 2.6 million in Ethiopia,
                                                                         3.5 million in Kenya and 2.1 million in Somalia. Worst                                                                    What can be done to help?
                                                                         affected are the pastoral and nomadic communities
                                                                         who make up around 50% of the population and rely                                                                         Right now donor governments and aid agencies must
                                                                         on their livestock for survival. The crisis also threatens                                                                meet the immediate needs of the people to prevent a
                                                                         their way of life as families are forced to migrate to                                                                    famine. In the long-term however, food aid is not the
                                                                         urban areas in search of relief.                                                                                          solution. Communities need to be supported to develop
                                                                                                                                                                                                   resilient livelihoods. They also need to be educated in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   traditional survival techniques and given agricultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                   training. Sadly this does not seem very likely as a lack of
                                                                                                                                       Why are there regular food crises in Africa?                funding means money originally intended for long-term
                                                                         Why are livestock so important?                                                                                           sustainable development is now being used for short-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   term emergency relief.
                                                                                                                                       The problems faced by the continent as a whole are
                                                                         Livestock are integral to the nomadic way of life. Nomads     vast. Changing rainfall patterns, desertification and
                                                                         take their animals to different pastures throughout the       over-farming of land are just some of the factors making
                                                                         year and rely on them for meat, milk and for the price        it difficult for people to grow crops. However these        What kind of work is Islamic Relief doing?
                                                                         they are worth at the market. Families who once had           problems would not be so serious if coping mechanisms
                                                                         100 cattle are now trying to sustain just 5 animals. The      were in place. Unfortunately Africa has not had the kind    Islamic Relief is working in Kenya, Ethiopia and more
                                                                         massive losses of livestock, not only cattle but also         of serious investment that is needed to help mitigate       recently Somalia, to tackle the immediate effects of the
                                                                         more hardy animals such as camels and donkeys, means          the effects of natural crises. Everyday suffering is also   drought and food shortage on the local communities.
                                                                         that it may take years before nomads can build up their       compounded by factors such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic,        Islamic Relief’s main priorities are reducing malnutrition
                                                                         herds to a sustainable level once again.                      internal conflicts, instability, corruption, unjust trade   amongst children, ensuring people have access to safe
                                                                                                                                       regulations and a lack of effective international           drinking water and providing health care facilities.
     Abdul Qadir from Libehia village in Mandera buries his dead goat.

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                                                                   Nowhere to go

     Happiness shall come                                          Six months after Hamdi’s father
                                                                   died the family could no longer
                                                                   afford to pay their rent. Seeing
                                                                   them homeless, a friendly
                                                                   neighbour allowed them to erect

     Horn of Africa                                                a small hut on his plot of land
                                                                   while they looked for alternative                     I
                                                                                                                       “			CAN’T	BEGIN	
                                                                   accommodation. Months later,                         TO	TELL	YOU	
                                                                   they still live and sleep in the
                                                                                                                        HOW	HARD	IT’S	
                                                                   same single-room hut, fearing the
                                                                   day they are asked to leave.                         BEEN,”
     Hamdi is 13 years old and lives in Mandera,
     Kenya. Her father died of natural causes leaving
                                                                        “			CAN’T	BEGIN	
     behind a wife and eleven children. His death                         TO	TELL	YOU	
     was a shock to all the family. Hamdi’s mother,                       HOW	HARD	IT’S	
     Fatuma, was nine months pregnant at the time
     and had only a few savings. Life was difficult for
                                                                   Fatuma tries hard to give her          Little to eat
     them already, and then there was drought.                     children a good upbringing
                                                                   despite their situation. Although      Hamdi’s family have been struggling through the drought but unlike some
                                                                   poor, she ensures their clothes        other families, their struggle began before the current crisis. “I don’t know if
                                                                   are always clean, they study hard      it’s because of the drought or because mum has no money, but we don’t have
                                                                   and eat as much as she can afford      milk anymore,” said Hamdi. “It is very hot and there is no rain. There is no grass
                                                                   to feed them. “I can’t begin to        so the animals are dying,” she added.
                                                                   tell you how hard it’s been,” she
                                                                   told Islamic Relief. “When my          Despite their hardship, Hamdi is patient with her daily struggles and admires
                                                                   husband was alive he provided          her mother’s courage. “I know my mother worries about giving us food, clothes
                                                                   for everyone, even for his poor        and medicine, but she tells us that life is not always fair and that it is God who
                                                                   relatives. Now I don’t know where      provides. Sometimes we eat, sometimes we don’t. When there is only a little
                                                                   to take my children. I could be        food I leave it for my younger siblings. My mum says happiness is ahead of us
                                                                   asked to vacate the plot at any        as we grow up. One day when we grow up we will tell the story of these days.”
                                                                   time. My children cry at night and
                                                                   I cry with them. I can’t control it.
                                                                   The tears just come out.”              Help arrives

                                                                                                          Fatuma’s struggle to provide for her children has recently been eased by Islamic
                                                                                                          Relief. A donor has agreed to sponsor Hamdi, supplementing the family income
                                                                                                          and allowing Hamdi to have an education. “If it were not for Islamic Relief I
                                                                                                          wouldn’t have been able to go to school,” said Hamdi. “Mum wouldn’t even
                                                                                                          have been able to pay for my uniform. But now I have books and even a school
                                                                                                          bag to carry them in!”

                                                                                                          Hamdi enjoys studying and does well in most subjects, including physical
                                                                                                          activities like netball. Her day starts early with morning prayer, Qur’an studies
                                                                                                          and then breakfast followed by a full day at school. She looks forward to English
                                                                                                          lessons and loves skipping with her friends during lunch break. One day, she
                                                                                                          hopes to be a doctor.

                                                                                                          “It is important to work hard at school because the whole world is going to be
                                                                                                          hard,” said Hamdi. “It is very bad to give up in life. Muslims should never give
                                                                                                          up. That’s what my mother says.”
                                                          Hamdi with her mother and siblings
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     Emergency response                                                                                                                   A late harvest
     Horn of Africa                                                                                                                       Malawi

                                                                       Islamic Relief has been providing
                                                                                                                                          The drought affecting the Horn of Africa is
                                                                       emergency food, clean water and
                                                                                                                                          also affecting communities elsewhere in the
                                                                       health care facilities to help combat
                                                                                                                                          continent including Malawi in the southeast.
                                                                       the devastating effects of the food
                                                                                                                                          Poor rains and crop failure in 2005 left five million
                                                                       crisis. Projects in Kenya and Ethiopia
                                                                                                                                          people on the verge of starvation. At the same
                                                                       have been underway for many
                                                                                                                                          time a widespread outbreak of cholera hit many
                                                                       months and a new office has recently
                                                                                                                                          communities, putting at risk the lives of children
                                                                       been established in Somalia to help
                                                                                                                                          already weakened by severe malnutrition.
                                                                       co-ordinate relief efforts there.

     Providing food aid                                                 the Somali district of Ethiopia. For long-term access, Islamic    Fortunately the start of 2006 brought long-awaited rains allowing crops to grow
                                                                        Relief is restoring and cleaning water sources in Mandera. In     once again. However the harvest is expected to be later than usual this year which     BY	JULY	THERE	WILL	BE	NO	
     Islamic Relief is delivering food aid to affected communities      Ethiopia, it is working in partnership with UNICEF to set up      means many families will have no food until then. In southern and central Malawi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FOOD.		PEOPLE	WILL	RESORT	
     every week in Mandera, Kenya. A ‘Complementary Feeding             two water treatment stations to purify river water.               the heavy rains in March 2006 only added to people’s problems as flood waters
     Programme’ also provides families with a monthly ration of                                                                           destroyed crops that were ready for harvest. Many areas also became flooded,           TO	EATING	WILD	CROPS	
     cornmeal, beans, sugar and cooking oil.                            Basic health care                                                 forcing people to abandon their homes and seek refuge elsewhere.                       AGAIN	WAITING	FOR	THE	

     Fighting malnutrition                                              Islamic Relief staff in Kenya have reported a sharp increase in                                                                                          HARVEST.		IT’S	A	CYCLE	THAT’S	
                                                                                                                                          As food shortages have become increasingly prevalent in Malawi, people have
                                                                        malnutrition since the recent rains, due to diarrhoea. Islamic    begun to sell any remaining crop reserves and livestock in order to survive. In some   REPEATED	EVERY	YEAR.
     Islamic Relief has established Supplementary Feeding Centres       Relief is providing health care facilities and raising general    areas women have no choice but to pick and cook wild grass seeds and leaves
     in Mandera to provide nutritional support to malnourished          awareness about health and hygiene in order to prevent            from trees to feed to their children. These have no nutritional value and will not
     children as well as lactating and pregnant mothers. A              the spread of disease. It is also working with UNICEF to          quell hunger but the scarcity of food leaves them with no choice. The little that is
     screening process to monitor the health of under-fives is also     immunise against Measles and Polio and provide Vitamin A          available in Malawi’s markets is so expensive that it has become unaffordable.
     in place and Islamic Relief runs an ambulance service to allow     supplements.
     severely malnourished children to reach the local emergency                                                                          Islamic Relief is providing emergency food assistance to the most vulnerable
     recovery centre.                                                                                                                     people, including those whose immune systems are already weakened by disease.
                                                                                                                                          Over 4,000 food packs have been distributed in 15 villages in the Chikwawa
     Access to clean water                                                                                                                District, helping 30,000 people. Islamic Relief’s team on the ground are preparing
                                                                                                                                          to drill bore holes to provide access to clean water and will also distribute tools
     According to Marc-Andre LaGrange, Islamic Relief’s Head of
                                                                                                                                          and seeds to farmers, allowing them to plant crops once again.
     Mission in Kenya, “People are drinking water since the rains
     but the water is not safe to drink. Many drinking water sources
     have been contaminated by the carcasses of animals that died
     during the drought.” Islamic Relief is using water tankers to
     provide clean water for thousands of villagers in Mandera and

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                                                                                                                                                                                 Islamic Relief’s aid effort
     The hunger season                                                                                                                                                           Following the locust invasion, teams from Islamic
                                                                                                                                                                                 Relief’s Mali office were amongst the first to reach
                                                                                                                                                                                 some of the worst-affected regions in Niger and
                                                                                                                                                                                 Northern Mali. A new Islamic Relief office was also
                                                                                                                                                                                 set up in Niamey, the capital of Niger, as a base for
     Niger and Mali                                                                                                                                                              co-ordinating the relief effort in the Tillaberi region.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Food Aid

                                                                                                                                                                                 • A food security and nutrition programme was set
                                                                                                               Drought causes the earth to parch (above).
                                                                                                                                                                                   up in Gourma Rharous in northern Mali and is still
                                                                                                               People resort to eating wild berries (below).
                                                                                                                                                                                   ongoing. It includes providing breakfast in school
                                                                                                                                                                                   canteens, nutritional support for malnourished
                                                                                                                                                  Locusts and drought
                                                                                                                                                                                   children and restoring livelihood assets such as
                                                                                                                                            Massive swarms of locusts              seeds and goats. Islamic Relief has also established
                                                                                                                                            swept the region in 2004               cereal banks which contain food reserves in case
                                                                                                                                            destroying any crops that              of a poor harvest the following year. The banks are
                                                                                                                                            had managed to survive                 run by local community members in management
                                                                                                                                            the drought. By mid-2005               committees organised by Islamic Relief.
                                                                                                                                            the situation reached crisis
                                                                                                                                                                                 • A Blanket Feeding Programme took place with the
                                                                                                                                            point with 2.5 million people
                                                                                                                                                                                   United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in
                                                                                                                                            in Niger and 1.5 million in
                                                                                                                                                                                   which food packs were distributed to all critically
                                                                                                                                            Mali desperate for food aid.
                                                                                                                                                                                   affected areas. Each 130kg pack contained enough
                                                                                                              Children became severely malnourished, livestock started
                                                                                                                                                                                   rice, pulses and cooking oil to feed a family for one
                                                                                                              to die in large numbers and the scarcity of food pushed its
                                                                                                                                                                                   month. Monthly food distributions also took place
                                                                                                              market price up well beyond most people’s reach.
                                                                                                                                                                                   for the most vulnerable members of society in the
                                                                                                              Cycle of hunger                                                      Tillaberi region in Niger.

                                                                                                              As the ‘hunger season’ begins in the region once again,            Nutrition
                                                                                                              the number of malnourished children in Niger is already
                                                                                                                                                                                 • Supplementary and Therapeutic Feeding
                                                                                                              approaching emergency levels. Although this year’s harvest
                                                                                                                                                                                   Programmes have been established in 40 integrated
                                                                                                              was considerably better than the previous, families have been
                                                                                                                                                                                   community health centres in Niger to provide
                                                                                                              forced to sell their grain to pay off debts they accumulated
                                                                                                                                                                                   food and health care for moderately and severely
                                                                                                              last year. Many communities who lost their animals in last
                                                                                                                                                                                   malnourished children.
                                                                                                              year’s drought have been unable to replenish their herds,
                                                                                                              leaving them with no source of income. This cycle of drought       Medical Aid
                                                                                                              and debt means the ‘hunger season’ for communities in Niger
                                                                                                              and Mali is becoming longer every year.                            • Medical equipment was supplied to the main
                                                            Villagers dig deeper and deeper to reach water.                                                                        hospital in Tillaberi and free medical aid was
                                                                                                              Wider problems                                                       provided for those usually unable to afford it.

                                                                                                              Niger and Mali’s problems are not only limited to poor rains       • An Islamic Relief Mobile Nutritional Monitoring
     Niger and Mali in West Africa have been in the grip of a serious food crisis                             and failed harvests.                                                 Team in Tillaberi worked closely with the Ministry
                                                                                                                                                                                   of Health to monitor disease, nutrition and to refer
     since late 2004 when prolonged drought coupled with locust invasions                                     Niger lies to the south of the Sahara desert where the
                                                                                                                                                                                   severe cases to hospital.
                                                                                                              majority of land is arid and nearly impossible to cultivate.
     caused crops to fail. Over a year after the world was first alerted to the crisis,                       Inadequate or non-existent health care, high rates of illiteracy   Water and sanitation
                                                                                                              and a high dependence on subsistence farming have added to
     the situation has failed to improve. Niger, the poorest country in the world,                            the problems of food insecurity in both countries. As a result,    • Integrated Health Centres were provided with
                                                                                                              even during good harvest seasons Niger and Mali suffer from          clean water facilities and latrines to ensure the
     is still experiencing its worst food crisis in 20 years.                                                 some of the highest malnutrition rates in the world.                 local population has access to these essential

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                                                                                                           Orphan support                                                                         Eva’s new school
     New hope for the future                                                                               An estimated 75,000 children were orphaned in the tsunami. Islamic Relief and
                                                                                                           its donors are providing long-term support to over 340 orphans in Aceh. Those
                                                                                                           in need of psychosocial support after the tragedy were helped to overcome their
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nine-year-old Eva from Aceh, Indonesia,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  was rescued from the tsunami by her
                                                                                                                                                                                                  father. She was lucky to survive but
                                                                                                           trauma through taking part in recreational activities like art therapy and summer      lost her grandmother, her home, all
                                                                                                           camps.                                                                                 her possessions and her school. More
     Ts u n a m i                                                                                          Medical care
                                                                                                                                                                                                  than 150 of the pupils at her school
                                                                                                                                                                                                  also died.
                                                                                                           The tsunami washed away Aceh’s hospitals and health clinics at the time the            Eva now has a new school built by
                                                                                                           population needed them the most. After the emergency phase was over, Islamic           Islamic Relief in Labuy village. The
                                                        The emergency phase                                Relief constructed 7 Health Centres in Aceh, rehabilitated a general hospital          school was constructed to a high
                                                                                                                                                    and built 4 maternity clinics. To             standard, providing children with a
                                                        Islamic Relief was one of the first aid agencies                                            help rebuild local capacity, intensive        better learning environment than they
                                                        to respond to the disaster in Indonesia, the                                                training was provided for midwives            had before the tsunami. Head-teacher
                                                                                                              IN	2006,	ISLAMIC	RELIEF	              and hygiene specialists and over
                                                        worst-affected country. Having worked there                                                                                               Mrs Roshni said, “All the children were
                                                                                                              WILL	BE	WORKING	WITH	                 3,000 children were immunised                 really excited about the new school. It
                                                        since 2000, the team was already familiar
                                                                                                                                                    against Polio. Islamic Relief continues       is a sign that things are returning to
                                                        with the region and able to start meeting             UNITED	NATIONS	AGENCIES	
                                                                                                                                                    to meet the needs of over 26,000              normal.”
                                                        the needs of victims almost immediately.              AND	SPENDING	OVER	£7	                 people in Aceh who no longer have
                                                        The day after the tsunami occurred, Islamic           MILLION	ON	POST-TSUNAMI	              to travel long distances to receive           Eva’s father is also being supported by
                                                        Relief’s   emergency     work    was    already       REHABILITATION	PROJECTS.              medical care.                                 Islamic Relief through its Livelihoods
                                                        underway, providing first aid, food, water and                                                                                            Project. A taxi driver by profession, he
                                                        life-saving items.                                                                                                                        lost his car in the tsunami and was
                                                                                                                                                                                                  worried about how he would support
                                                                                                           New homes                                                                              his family. Islamic Relief provided him
                                                        Rebuilding lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                  with a motorised rickshaw that has
                                                                                                           Islamic Relief has built over 350 earthquake-resistant houses in Aceh for widows
                                                                                                                                                                                                  helped him earn a living once again.
                                                        Over the past 18 months or so, Islamic             and other vulnerable members of society. Islamic Relief has also rebuilt the Public
                                                                                                                                                                                                  He is happy to be able to buy Eva the
                                                        Relief has been able to provide shelter and        Works Resource Centre in Banda Aceh that will assist the UN and other NGOs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  books she needs for school and support
                                                                                                           with the massive reconstruction process. In Ampara, Islamic Relief constructed
                                                        health care facilities, support livelihoods,                                                                                              her education.
                                                                                                           1,000 transitional shelters and 200 permanent houses, prioritizing widows, the
                                                        set up water and sanitation facilities, care
                                                                                                           elderly and the disabled.
                                                        for orphaned children and restore education
                                                        facilities in Aceh, Indonesia. In Ampara, Sri      Livelihood support
                                                        Lanka, Islamic Relief has built new homes,
                                                        supported livelihoods, provided water and          The agriculture and fisheries industry upon which most people in Aceh rely
                                                                                                           were devastated by the tsunami. Islamic Relief has provided Cash-for-Work
                                                        sanitation facilities, helped children get back
                                                                                                           opportunities for over 6,000 people who in return for a wage, help restore some
                                                        into education and provided psychosocial           of the infrastructure. Vocational training has also been provided in skills that are
                                                        care for widows.                                   needed in post-tsunami Indonesia such as electronics and carpentry. In both
     Since the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia,                                                      Aceh and Ampara, Islamic Relief has supported livelihoods by distributing boats
                                                        Water projects                                     and fishing equipment, providing assets for the start-up of small businesses and
     Islamic Relief has been helping communities in                                                        offering loans and other support, particularly to female-headed households.

                                                        Since the tsunami, Islamic Relief has been
     Indonesia and Sri Lanka rebuild their lives.       providing 154,000 litres of water each day
                                                                                                           Back to school
                                                        to the people of Aceh. Other water projects        Rebuilding a devastated education infrastructure involves amongst other things,
     From constructing homes, schools and health        include constructing latrines, digging wells,      constructing new schools, recruiting and training teachers, providing essential
                                                        building drainage systems and promoting            materials to both children and the school on a regular basis and supporting
     clinics to supporting small businesses, Islamic    hygiene awareness, benefiting over 65,000          educational activities. Islamic Relief has provided all these facilities and
                                                        people in Aceh and hundreds more in
     Relief has given thousands of people new hope      Ampara.
                                                                                                           constructed 8 new schools to benefit over 20,000 children in Aceh. In Ampara,
                                                                                                           schools and orphaned schoolchildren have also been provided with essential
     for the future.                                                                                       equipment to encourage normal educational activities to resume again.

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     Land of good fortune                                                                                                                 South Asia earthquake
     Ye m e n

     The name Yemen is derived from the Arabic word ‘yumn,’ meaning prosperity.
     That’s not surprising considering Yemen was once known as a land of
     good fortune. Famous for its mountain ranges, ancient history and unique
     architecture, the Yemen of the past is very different from the country we
     know today.

     Resources under strain                                             Challenges
     Today Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world.          Since establishing an office in Yemen, Islamic Relief has
     Around 18% of the population live in absolute poverty, unable      responded to a landslide in al-Dhofair in December 2005
     to meet their basic food needs. Another 42% do not have            and sudden floods in Dhamar in February 2006. Islamic Relief
     access to basic facilities like health care. The rapidly growing   provided emergency aid to the victims of both disasters,          The people of South Asia had never seen anything like it. The destruction
     population has put existing services under great strain and        particularly those who were made homeless. Islamic Relief
     threatened natural resources. Unemployment also remains            has also provided Disaster Control training in the capital        caused by the devastating earthquake on 8th October 2005 left 73,000
     high and with decreasing oil and water reserves, there are no      Sana’a, in association with the United Nations Development
     signs of economic growth.                                          Programme (UNDP). The first event of its kind in the Middle       people dead and 3.5 million homeless. Entire towns and villages were wiped
                                                                        East, Islamic Relief trained representatives from over 50 local
     Islamic Relief has been working in Yemen since 1998,               and international agencies in how to deal with disasters          out in an instant. Millions of lives were changed forever.
     distributing food gifts to poor communities and responding to      effectively.
     occasional emergencies. In the past year, the focus of Islamic                                                                       Islamic Relief is committed to the people of South Asia. It had been working
     Relief’s work has expanded greatly to include long-term            Priorities
     projects that will help communities lift themselves out of
                                                                        Islamic Relief’s key priorities in Yemen are ensuring people
                                                                                                                                          with the community for many years before the disaster struck and will
     poverty. Islamic Relief will be working in some of the poorest
     regions of Yemen including the remote mountainous districts        have access to clean water, installing sanitation systems,        continue to work with them for the years to come.
     of Taiz.                                                           empowering women, supporting orphans, providing medical
                                                                        services and setting up basic education facilities.

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     Paradise lost                                                                                                                       Missing home
     South Asia earthquake                                                                                                               South Asia earthquake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “We are all missing our home,” she told
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Islamic Relief. “We cannot sleep in tents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It’s going to be summer soon and it will
     Stunning scenery and breathtaking mountain                                             Medina Market is now just a chaotic pile
                                                                                            of rubble. Even the magnificent mountain
                                                                                                                                         Naseema Bibi lives in Mera Tonolian Camp                                              be unbearably hot. We feel unsafe and we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               feel helpless. But I have a strong belief in
     ranges have led many to claim that Kashmir is                                          that once towered over the city has          in Muzaffarabad with her five children. She                                           Allah and I’m grateful to Islamic Relief and
                                                                                            changed forever. One side of it collapsed                                                                                          everyone who has helped us. At the time I
     paradise on earth. When I first visited it a year                                      with the force of the earthquake. No         lost her husband and father-in-law in the                                             wish I had died with my husband but then
                                                                                            Richter Scales were needed to show how                                                                                             I thought about my children. I did not want
     ago I couldn’t have agreed more. Now it’s like a                                       powerful it was.                             earthquake. She also lost all her happiness, she                                      them to be at the mercy of others. If nothing
                                                                                            In the past six months aid agencies                                                                                                else, I will live and work to bring up my
     different world.                                                                       have been working tirelessly to meet
                                                                                                                                         told Islamic Relief.                                                                  children.”
                                                                                            the changing needs of the people of
     It was a wonderful trip, a group of friends on an adventurous journey to               Kashmir, first through the harsh winter      “I was sitting in the house when the earthquake happened. My son Atif and I
     rediscover our roots. Travelling through the provincial capital Muzaffarabad and       snows and now in preparation for the         managed to escape but my husband and father-in-law were crushed under the
     the surrounding areas, we were taken aback by their beauty. The gushing river          summer. So much has been done and yet        rubble of the collapsed roof. We were all crying for help. My brother-in-law rushed
     flowed beneath breathtaking mountains. Children ran around freely enjoying the         it seems so little. The sheer scale of the   to help but it was too late by then. It was all over in an instant.”
     vast landscape, walking through rugged surroundings with their backpacks, happily      tragedy means that it will take years for
                                                                                                                                         Naseema cried as she recalled how suddenly her life changed. Before the earthquake
     making their way to school. Markets in the valley were bustling with customers         any semblance of normality to return to
                                                                                                                                         she had a comfortable and happy family life. Her husband was a contractor earning
     haggling with traders over everyday items for sale.                                    the region. Recovery is a daunting task
                                                                                                                                         up to 20,000 rupees a month and her children went to English school. Now they
                                                                                            following any disaster. Restoring a lost
     How things have changed.                                                                                                            can afford very little. “When the earthquake happened my children and I had no
                                                                                            paradise seems almost impossible.
                                                                                                                                         food for five days. I had no possessions left but an empty tin box.”
     Muzaffarabad is now a different place. The earthquake has changed it forever. The
     scenery remains stunning but long gone are the busy market days. Many children                                                      Naseema relies on food distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme
     no longer go to school and those that do make their early morning treks to             Jamsheed Din                                 (WFP). She also receives help from Islamic Relief Pakistan. Naseema, like many
     makeshift tents that serve as classrooms. Braving the morning chill, they still wear                                                others, has been given essential survival items including blankets, quilts, health
     their smart uniforms and petite headscarves, but their faces tell a new story.                                                      and hygiene items, jerry cans, clothes, shoes and buckets. Islamic Relief has also
                                                                                                                                         installed water facilities and latrines for her family and other camp residents.

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     Young survivors                                                                                                                       A personal tragedy
                                                                                                                                           South Asia earthquake
     The earthquake tragedy hit children the hardest.                                           Tent school for Esha
     Many perished in their classrooms and tens of
                                                                                                Esha is six years old and has lived in a
                                                                                                                                           It doesn’t get more personal than this. Disaster
     thousands were orphaned in an instant. In the                                              tent since the earthquake destroyed
                                                                                                her home. The quake also killed her        strikes and shakes your world. You bury your loved
     past six months, these children have had to                                                best friend Komal, who she misses
                                                                                                terribly.                                  ones with your own hands. Then you just roll up
     adapt to a new life without their loved ones.                                              Esha’s life has completely changed in
                                                                                                the last few months. She finds living      your sleeves and get on with your day job.
     They have learned to live in tents, survive the                                            in a tent difficult and wishes she could
     harsh weather, have little to play with and if                                             go back to her old school.
                                                                                                                                           Many Islamic Relief staff in Kashmir were personally affected by the earthquake.      Muhammad learned that his 17-year-old
                                                                                                Islamic Relief has set up many tent        They lost their homes and loved ones, and years of work with the local community      sister Salma had perished in her college.
     they’re lucky, attend makeshift schools.                                                   schools in areas where education           seemed to crumble around them as entire villages were wiped out. . Yet somehow        When he found her body he looked for
                                                                                                facilities were destroyed. Esha’s          they managed to put personal tragedy to one side and set about helping others.        someone to help him bury her. “I couldn’t
                                                                                                temporary school does not have all                                                                                               find anyone to help me. Everyone was
                                                                                                                                           Muhammad Akbar, 27, was on his way to work when the earthquake struck. A
                                                          Aside from trauma and emotional       the facilities she needs but it provides                                                                                         busy burying their loved ones that day. I
                                                                                                                                           Development Officer for Islamic Relief in Bagh, he was heading back to the office
                                                          suffering, financial pressures        some stability for children whose lives                                                                                          had no choice but to dig a grave with my
                                                                                                                                           after visiting his family in Muzaffarabad.
                                                          will prevent many children from       have been severely disrupted.                                                                                                    hands and bury her myself.”
                                                          returning to a normal life again.                                                “I dropped my sister at college that morning before making my way to Bagh.
                                                                                                “It’s cold and there is no playground,”                                                                                          Muhammad then made a gruelling two-
                                                          For their own wellbeing however,                                                 Suddenly the wagon (small van) started shaking out of control. We stopped and
                                                                                                complained Esha, but that has not                                                                                                day trek by foot to reach his parents who
                                                          it is essential that in most cases                                               noticed that a school had collapsed and children were trapped under the rubble.
                                                                                                stopped her attending. She wants to                                                                                              were trapped high in the Neelum Valley.
                                                          orphans are cared for within their                                               We managed to get most of them out but even then we were not sure what had
                                                                                                work hard and become a pilot. “I want                                                                                            Once he was assured of their safety he
                                                          own families.                                                                    happened.
                                                                                                to fly a helicopter,” she said.                                                                                                   set off to start helping his colleagues
                                                          Islamic Relief’s One-to-One                                                      “About an hour later I reached the Islamic Relief office. Nobody was there. I saw     with the massive relief operation.
                                                          Orphan Sponsorship Programme                                                     many injured people and desperately tried to phone home but could not get             Muhammad’s mother was reluctant to
                                                          allows individual donors to sponsor                                              through. I started walking, eager to hear news of my family. The roads had become     let him go but there was no time for him
                                                          a child and meet his or her living                                               inaccessible due to landslides, so I walked 14 hours by foot. That’s when the scale   to reflect on his personal tragedy.
                                                          costs including school fees and                                                  of tragedy started to hit me.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Everyone we met had a tragic story
                                                          medical care. The child’s widowed                                                Muhammad’s immediate concern was for his brother and three sisters in
 Even before the earthquake, poverty,                                                                                                                                                                                            to tell. Some people told me they had
                                                          mother or guardian is also given                                                 Muzaffarabad. “I had no idea what might have happened to them. Eventually I
 instability and the harsh environment in                                                                                                                                                                                        lost five members of their family,” said
                                                support to ensure the welfare of the child is                                              found my brother and two sisters but we could not find my other sister.”
 Pakistan-administered Kashmir meant life was                                                                                                                                                                                    Muhammad. “We worked non-stop, 24
                                                not compromised by the difficulties of their
 not exactly easy for many children. Islamic                                                                                                                                                                                     hours every day in the beginning. Now
 Relief had been caring for many orphans                                                                                                                                                                                         we work 15 to 16 hours a day. So many
 through its sponsorship scheme but now the     “Before the earthquake Islamic Relief                                                                                                                                            people depend on Islamic Relief for their
 numbers have risen sharply. Those who lost     donors were sponsoring 172 orphans in the                                                                                                                                        basic survival needs. There is no time to
 their fathers struggle without a breadwinner   North-West Frontier Province and Pakistan-                                                                                                                                       think about anything else.”
 in the family and those without both parents   Administered Kashmir,” said Yasmeen Ismail,
 are entirely dependent on relatives.           Orphans Support Officer for Islamic Relief.
                                                “Now we are sponsoring 700, which is great
                                                news, but there are still many children who
                                                are waiting to be sponsored. We really need
                                                people to come forward and help them.”

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     The relief effort
     South Asia earthquake                                                                                                    Food provision                            Water and sanitation                       Education
                                                                                                                              Islamic Relief has provided emergency     To ensure camp residents have access       Islamic Relief has provided school
                                                                                                                              food assistance to more than 145,000      to clean water, 30 water points were       tents, furniture, school bags and other
                                                                                                                              people in partnership with the UN         created, 43 water tanks were installed     equipment to help establish schools
     The emergency relief operation after the earthquake was one of Islamic                                                   World Food Programme (WFP) in             and 4,000 jerry cans were distributed.     in the affected areas of Muzaffarabad,
                                                                                                                              Muzaffarabad, Neelum Valley and           In addition, anti-bacteria water filters   Bagh and Neelum Valley, benefiting
     Relief’s greatest challenges. With the help of donors, supporters, partner                                               Forward Kahuta.                           were given to 37,000 families and          1,000 pupils.
                                                                                                                                                                        water purification sachets were
     organisations and of course the affected community on the ground, Islamic                                                                                          distributed benefiting more than
                                                                                                                                                                        18,000 families.
     Relief has provided humanitarian assistance to over 300,000 people in the
     districts of Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Poonch and Neelum Valley.
     Here’s an overview of what we have achieved so far.

      Road clearance                         Shelter                                 Livelihood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Health care
      Islamic Relief spent £300,000 and      Thousands of emergency tents were       To help farmers earn a sustainable
      worked with the Frontier Works         distributed on behalf of various        living once again, maize and vegetable                                                                                        Islamic Relief’s Neelum Valley Health
      Organisation (FWO) and engineers       agencies in the immediate aftermath     seeds were distributed for spring                                                                                             Centre staff treated and referred
      from the UK to clear roads that were   and over 23,000 shelters are to be      sowing and oxen have been given          Clothing                                                                             1,450 patients in the first 3 months
      blocked by the earthquake in both      built in partnership with the United    to facilitate ploughing, benefiting      Over 5,000 families were provided                                                    after the quake and also held nine
      Pakistan-administered Kashmir and      Nations Development Programme,          165,000 people. A further 15,000         with warm clothing in earthquake-                                                    medical camps in the area. Two
      the North-West Frontier Province.      the International Development and       labourers will also be employed by       affected areas in partnership with Arab                                              mobile health clinics in Bagh are
      Islamic Relief supplied a third of     Relief Foundation, Christian Aid, the   Islamic Relief Pakistan in cash-for-     Medical and Stiftung Stern Germany.                                                  currently being funded by Islamic
      all machinery used in the massive      Disasters Emergency Committee           work programmes.                         Islamic Relief also distributed warm                                                 Relief in collaboration with Response
      clearance operation, allowing aid to   (DEC) and others.                                                                clothes to a further 10,000 families.                                                International. In the past six months,
      reach £1.7 million people.                                                                                                                                                                                   various distributions of medicine,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vaccines and other medical supplies
                                                                                                                                                                        In order to prevent the spread of          have taken place to equip Medical
                                                                                                                                                                        disease and provide hygienic sanitation    Units in Pakistan-administered
                                                                                                                                                                        facilities, Islamic Relief constructed     Kashmir and the North-West Frontier
                                                                                                                                                                        over 5,000 latrines. Over 3,500            Province.
                                                                                                                                                                        hygiene awareness sessions were also
                                                                                                                                                                        held and 7,000 hygiene kits were
                                                                                                                                                                        distributed. In addition, 165 garbage
                                                                                                                                                                        drums were installed and 3,000 dust
                                                                                                                                                                        bins have been distributed.

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     Six-month relief operation
     South Asia earthquake

     Islamic Relief’s response to the South Asia earthquake was its biggest                                                              One week later
                                                                                                                                         • Islamic Relief plays a major role in the international relief operation, working
     ever relief operation. Having worked in the region for many years prior to                                                           closely with Save the Children, Concern, the Red Cross and World Health
                                                                                                                                          Organisation (WHO).
     the disaster, Islamic Relief played a major role in the humanitarian effort,
                                                                                                                                         • Mass distributions of water, food, tents, bedding, jerry cans, kitchen items, warm
     working in partnership with others to provide emergency relief to affected                                                           clothing and other survival essentials are organised in Bagh and Muzaffarabad.
                                                                                                                                          Items are funded by Islamic Relief, the UK government, Save the Children and
     communities.                                                                                                                         Concern.
                                                                                                                                         • The road from Bagh to Forward Kahuta opens up and the relief effort extends to
     Below is an outline of some of Islamic Relief’s key activities in the first                                                          remote villages.

     six months after the earthquake.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Two weeks later
       8th October 2005                                                                                                                                                             • Islamic Relief and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) agree to supply 180,000
       It’s 8.50am local time and a devastating earthquake strikes                                                                                                                   people with monthly food rations for 6 months.
       in south Asia killing 73,000 people, injuring the same
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aid distributions continue and further donations are received from Concern, the UK
       number and leaving 3.5 million homeless. Muzaffarabad and
                                                                                                                                                                                     and German government, Christian Aid, CAFOD, IDRF, SIDA and the International
       surrounding areas of Pakistan-administered Kashmir are the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Organisation for Migration (IOM).
       worst-affected. The remote mountainous region is difficult
       terrain but staff from Islamic Relief’s Pakistan office are well                                                                                                             • Islamic Relief USA sends in relief items as well as a team of paramedics and water
       acquainted with the area and the community’s needs.                                                                                                                           purification experts. WHO provides Islamic Relief with medical supplies and another
                                                                                                                                                                                     £2 million worth is donated by International Health Partners (IHPUK).
                                                                                                                                                                                    • The UK government funds Islamic Relief’s aid flights to Pakistan and British Airways
                                                                                                                                                                                     donates eight pallettes of blankets.

                                                 The first 72 hours
                                                 • Islamic Relief reaches victims within an hour of the earthquake, leading teams
                                                    of internatonal aid workers to assess the situation in Bagh, Muzaffarabad and
                                                                                                                                         Three weeks later
                                                    Rawalakot.                                                                           • Earth-moving equipment and engineers are hired by Islamic Relief to help clear
                                                                                                                                          roads and allow aid to reach survivors.
                                                 • £2  million is allocated to the relief operation and an emergency appeal is
                                                   launched.                                                                             • Islamic Relief, UNICEF and Concern agree to construct 5,000 emergency latrines,
                                                                                                                                          provide water tanks and health/hygiene awareness sessions in camps and rural
                                                 • Over 500 victims are given emergency treatment at Islamic Relief’s Health Clinic in
                                                   the remote Neelum Valley.
                                                 • A thousand tents and    many thousands of blankets sent by the UK government are
                                                                                                                                         • Mass distributions of food, water and survival items take place in remote villages.
                                                                                                                                          Relief items are received from the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day
                                                   distributed by Islamic Relief to homeless people in Muzaffarabad.
                                                                                                                                          Saints (LDS), The Sun newspaper in the UK and Islamic Relief donors in South

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       November 2005                                                                                                                    February 2006
       • Working  with the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and other agencies,                                                        • Transitionalshelters have been constructed for over
        Islamic Relief volunteers open up 95% of all roads within 6 weeks - a job that                                                   123,000 people in partnership with the Disasters Emergency
        would have taken a year if done by the FWO and Pakistan government alone.                                                        Committee (DEC), Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Foundation
                                                                                                                                         (PPAF), Arab Medical Union, UNDP, Hilton Foundation and
       • Community Organisation members, trained by Islamic Relief prior to the quake,
                                                                                                                                         German Agro Action.
        begin assisting in the relief effort.
       • Further donations are received from the WFP and Islamic Relief donors in France                                                • More transitional shelters are constructed and 6,000 shelter
                                                                                                                                          kits are distributed for IOM.
        and Germany, aiding distributions in Neelum Valley, Dhirkot, Poonch and Forward
        Kahuta.                                                                                                                         • Activities
                                                                                                                                                   to construct latrines, distribute food, provide
                                                                                                                                         health and hygiene training, operate mobile medical centres
       • Safe drinking water is provided for 200 families and work starts on 5,000 latrines
                                                                                                                                         and provide alternative shelter continue.
        in Muzaffarabad and Bagh.
       • Medical supplies are distributed on behalf of the LDS Church and AmeriCares.
        £1.7 million worth of medicine is also received from IHPUK.
                                                                                                                                                                                        March 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Relief distribution activities continue focusing on remote villages and under-
                                                                                                                                                                                         served areas.
                                                 December 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Humanitarian activities in the earthquake-affected region begin to shift from
                                                 • 287 large tents are set up by Islamic Relief in Muzaffarabad and Bagh to serve as                                                     the response to recovery phase. Islamic Relief plans and designs recovery
                                                  temporary schools.                                                                                                                     and reconstruction programmes focusing on water and sanitation projects,
                                                 • Islamic Relief constructs demonstration shelters and prepares to distribute 20,000                                                    social mobilisation, orphan sponsorship, healthcare, education, disaster
                                                  transitional shelters.                                                                                                                 preparedness, long-term planning and livelihood support.
                                                 • Islamic Relief, UNHCR and WHO assess ways to improve the health condition of                                                         • Islamic Relief’s work with local communities proves critical in the aftermath
                                                  those living in Muzaffarabad camps.                                                                                                    of the disaster and their support and contribution to the success of the relief
                                                                                                                                                                                         effort is immense.
                                                 • Islamic Relief allocates a further £1 million of funding towards the earthquake
                                                  response operation.

                                                                                                                                        April 2006
                                                                                                                                        • Six months after the earthquake, Islamic Relief focuses on
       January 2006                                                                                                                      projects that will help communities long-term. £4 million is
       • Over 2300 health sessions are held with UNICEF and                                                                              secured for linking emergency programmes with longer-term
        Concern in various camps to meet the health needs of over                                                                        sustainable development and community-based disaster
        11,000 families.                                                                                                                 preparedness programmes.
       • 20 containers of medicines, tents and blankets are received                                                                    • IslamicRelief receives £8.2 million from the PPAF to
        from the LDS Church and distributed in Muzaffarabad,                                                                             construct 5,000 homes, provide construction skills training
        Bagh and Rawalakot hospitals. Distribution of transitional                                                                       for 1,900 masons, carpenters, plumbers and electricians
        shelter kits are carried out in Dhirkot, Rawalakot and                                                                           and to help rebuild public infrastructure within affected
        Muzaffarabad.                                                                                                                    communities.
       • Islamic Relief and HMD Response International agree to run                                                                     • Islamic  Relief receives funding from the European
        two mobile and one static health clinic for 6 months.                                                                            Commission’s Humanitarian Office for a 14-month disaster
                                                                                                                                         mitigation and risk reduction programme in Pakistan-
       • IslamicRelief coordinates with AmeriCares, IHPUK, and
                                                                                                                                         administered Kashmir and Balochistan to minimise the
        the WHO to obtain and distribute medical supplies in the
                                                                                                                                         suffering caused by future disasters.
        affected areas.
       • Islamic Relief arranges winter clothing for 5,000 families in

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     Working together                                                                                                                      Children without childhood
     South Asia earthquake                                                                                                                 Chechnya

                                                                                                                                                                                               Some of the older Chechen children
                                                                                                                                                                                               remember life before the war. They
                                                                                                                                                                                               wish their lives would go back to
                                                                                                                                                                                               normal. The younger ones know no
                                                                                                                                                                                               better. Amidst war and upheaval, they
                                                                                                                                                                                               have only ever lived in camps and
                                                                                                                                                                                               temporary shelters. School has been a
                                                                                                                                                                                               rare privilege and hopes of what they’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                               be when they grow up are little more
                                                                                                                                                                                               than unrealistic dreams.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Islamic Relief has been working in
                                                                                                                                                                                               Chechnya almost since the start
                                                                                                                                                                                               of the conflict, over ten years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Throughout this time, it has worked to
     Islamic Relief is in for the long haul. For many years, our strength has been                                                                                                             meet the changing needs of vulnerable
                                                                                                                                                                                               communities, caring in particular for
     working closely with local communities, allowing them to articulate their                                                                                                                 children whose families were forced
                                                                                                                                                                                               to flee their homes. As well as growing
     needs and play an active role in achieving them. Now, after the worst disaster                                                                                                            up without the basics - food, water
                                                                                                                                                                                               and shelter - these children have had
     they have ever known, the need to work together is greater than ever.                                                                                                                     limited access to education.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Islamic Relief is dedicated to helping
     It will take a long time to rebuild so many shattered lives.      The next two years will be a crucial period in the reconstruction                                                       these children live a more normal life.
     Almost all the hard work of the past decade was destroyed         of the region. It will be a time when Community Organisations                                                           At a time when few can see beyond the
     in an instant. What remained were memories and hopes.             will have to convene again, getting local residents involved                                                            instability, Islamic Relief is investing in
     Memories of how Islamic Relief and the local community had        with the affairs and interests of their community. It will be a                                                         their education and wellbeing in the
     previously worked together to solve their problems. Hopes         challenging period, when people will need secure livelihoods so                                                         hope of giving them a better future.
     that this would be achieved once again.                           they are no longer dependent on aid. It will be an opportunity
                                                                       to give the people of Kashmir another chance in life.
     The hundreds of male and female Community Organisations
     that Islamic Relief set up in Pakistan-administered Kashmir
     proved to be crucial in the relief effort and will continue to                                                                        The conflict in Chechnya has deprived thousands
     play a key role in the months and years to come. It will be
     a long hard struggle before any semblance of normality is                                                                             of children of a normal childhood. Growing up
     brought back to the region but small signs of hope are already
     starting to appear.                                                                                                                   with war and insecurity, their lives have been
     Islamic Relief has moved on from its initial emergency phase                                                                          marked by poverty and turmoil. Instead of running
     and is now working on rehabilitation projects that will benefit
     the communities in the long run. Already Islamic Relief has                                                                           from classroom to playground they seek refuge in
     planned to rebuild at least a hundred schools, train hundreds
     of people in key skills they can use to earn a living and                                                                             makeshift homes and worry about where their
     construct houses for thousands of vulnerable families.
                                                                                                                                           next meal will come from.
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     Children without childhood                                                                                                                                                                 No place like home
                                                                                                                                                                                                War and ongoing conflict in the Russian republic
                                                                                                                                                                                                of Chechnya has forced the population to live
                                                                                                                                                                                                in extremely harsh conditions. The situation has
     Chechnya                                                                                                                                                                                   affected almost everyone, with nearly half the
                                                                                                                                                                                                pre-war population either dead or displaced. Some
                                                                                                                                                                                                fled to neighbouring republics like Ingushetia
                                                                                                                                                                                                whilst others sought refuge within Chechnya.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Until 2004, around 300,000 Chechens were living
                                                                                                                                                                                                in over-crowded refugee camps. Now even the
     Daily hot meals                                                                                                                                                                            camps they once called ‘home’ have closed down.
                                                                                                                               Rebuilding schools                                               Security fears, lack of income and destroyed
     Poor general health is common in Chechen children, usually caused by an
                                                                                                                                                                                                houses means returning home is not an option
     absence of nutritious food in their diet. Few can afford to eat three meals a day                                         In Chechnya’s capital Grozny, there were once over 300
                                                                                                                                                                                                for displaced communities. Instead they have
     and as a result, suffer from a variety of health problems, some of which directly                                         secondary schools. Now there are only two or three; the
                                                                                                                                                                                                been forced to find shelter in anything from
     affect their academic performance.                                                                                        rest have been either fully or partially destroyed. Islamic
                                                                                                                                                                                                barns and sheds to garages and ruined buildings
                                                                                                                               Relief has recently rebuilt two schools in Grozny, ensuring
     To help tackle this problem, Islamic Relief distributes free hot meals to over                                                                                                             in Ingushetia. Some have returned to Chechnya
                                                                                                                               they are not only reconstructed but fully equipped to be up
     50,000 schoolchildren in two Chechen districts - Grozny Rural Area and                                                                                                                     and live in ‘Temporary Accommodation Centres’
                                                                                                                               and running.
     Gudermessky. The meals are provided through schools and kindergartens to                                                                                                                   in the capital Grozny where eight or nine people
     encourage attendance and aid concentration throughout the day. Children in                                                                                                                 share a room that usually has no running water
                                                                                                                               School Number 53 (pictures above and below) was
     over 150 schools receive a freshly cooked hot porridge meal and high-energy                                                                                                                and limited heating or electricity.
                                                                                                                               completed in time for the start of the academic year in
     biscuits fortified with essential nutrients. In association with the United         Meet Seda                             September 2005. After its reconstruction, Islamic Relief
     Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Islamic Relief has been successfully                                                  raised awareness about the importance of education and
                                                                                         My name is Seda and I’m eight. I
     running this project since 2001.                                                                                          encouraged the local community to contribute to its
                                                                                         live in Dolinskoye village with my
                                                                                                                               activities. As well as providing full-time education for 1,000
                                                                                         mum, dad and three brothers. My
                                                                                                                               children, the school runs evening classes in popular subjects
                                                                                         mum is ill with Hepatitis and I
                                                                                                                               like English, needlework and carpentry. These classes provide
                                                                                         have problems with my eyesight.
                                                                                                                               youth with vocational skills and also keeps them off the
                                                                                         Things are difficult in our house.
                                                                                                                               streets and out of trouble.
                                                                                         There is no water so we have
                                                                                         to get it from a well. Often the
                                                                                         electricity doesn’t work and we
                                                                                         have to use candles. It wasn’t like
                                                                                         this before the war. Life was much
                                                                                         better then.

                                                                                         Islamic Relief helps us by giving
                                                                                         us hot food at school every day.
                                                                                         I hope things will get better for
                                                                                         us. I’m scared to think what will
                                                                                         happen if it gets worse. I dream
                                                                                         of a happy future for me and my        Before: School Number 53
                                                                                         family. I hope there will never
                                                                                         be war in the world. Then all the
                                                                                         people will be happy.

                                                                                                                                After: School Number 53
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                                                                               Islam’s life became incredibly difficult during the height of

     Holding on to hope
                                                                               the war. Everything was affected - roads, electricity, water
                                                                               supplies - not to mention access to medical care. There                 E
                                                                                                                                                     “		 VERY	DAY	WE	
                                                                               was no way Islam could have the operations he needed,                  WATCH	HOW	
                                                                               or get access to medicine that would ease the pain as his
                                                                               deformed bones grew.                                                   HE	SUFFERS	BUT	
                                                                                                                                                      WE	CAN’T	DO	

     Chechnya                                                                  Just as it seemed that life could not get worse for Islam his
                                                                               mother died of heart disease. Islam’s father remained strong
                                                                                                                                                      ANYTHING	TO	
                                                                                                                                                      EASE	HIS	PAIN.”	
                                                                               for his children but his grief took its toll on his health and
                                                                               a few months later, he too passed away. It was now left to
                                                                               Islam’s sister Fatima and his four elder brothers to take care
                                                                               of him.
     Hundreds of children in
                                                                               Four years have passed since the children were orphaned. Today they live in the same
     Chechnya have lost one or                                                 house in Grozny that their parents lived in thirty years ago. They call it their family home
                                                                               but there is little left of it. The house is in ruins, much of it is destroyed and nothing grows
     both their parents. Some                                                  in the garden. All that remains is a small, partly destroyed shed where they all live.
     have no guardians and are                                                 Islam’s eldest brother, Magomed is twenty-six. He is desperately looking for work that will
                                                                               help support the family. His younger brothers are determined to get an education as they
     left to fend for themselves,                                              know there are few job opportunities for those without a formal qualification. Fatima, on
     seeing distant relatives only                                             the other hand, has become like a mother to her younger brothers, doing all she can to
                                                                               run the house and look after them.
     occasionally. Others rely on                                              Life is a constant struggle for all the family but their biggest worry is what will happen to
     one parent or elder siblings                                              Islam. No matter how hard they try, they cannot afford another operation. “Every day we
                                                                               watch how he suffers but we can’t do anything to ease his pain,” said Fatima. “He is such
     who struggle to provide for                                               a good boy. He loves baking bread and is always eager to help me,” she added.

     them. These children live in                                              Fatima has tears in her eyes as she explains how worried she is about her younger brother.
                                                                               At 29 years old, she has no hope of getting married and having her own family because
     squalid conditions without                                                there is no-one else to take care of him.

     access to regular food, running   Islam Magomadov lives in Chechnya.      “Even before the war it was very difficult to support our big family. Now it is almost
                                                                               impossible because there are no jobs in Chechnya,” Fatima explained. “I don’t know what
     water, clothing, or even          At the age of two, he was diagnosed     would have happened to us if it hadn’t been for the humanitarian aid we receive.”

     suitable shelter.                 as physically and mentally disabled.    Islam and his family receive food parcels on the Muslim festivals of Ramadhan and
                                                                               Qurbani Eid. “To be honest, we never expect any gifts on these occasions. Like all Muslims,
                                       His parents were told he would need     we fast for the whole month of Ramadhan but we don’t think anyone will remember us,”
                                                                               said Fatima.
                                       regular medical care. They showered
                                                                               “When we received those gifts on Eid we felt that Allah remembers us and never stops
                                       him with love and did all they could    caring for us. Islamic Relief not only gave us good food but also hope, which is far more
                                                                               precious to us.”
                                       to ease his suffering.
                                                                               Marina	Nogmova
                                       Then war broke out in Chechnya, the     Fortunately, Islam has recently been sponsored by an Islamic Relief donor which will
                                                                               significantly improve his quality of life. However there are many other Chechen orphans in
                                       family sank into poverty and a few      need of support.
                                       years later, Islam’s parents died. He   Islamic Relief has been caring for orphans in Grozny through its One-to-One Sponsorship
                                                                               Programme since April 2005. Within the past year, 550 children have been put in touch with
                                       is now 16 years old, living with his    sponsors around the world. Their regular donations ensure all the basic needs of the child
                                       siblings and in constant pain.          are met, from regular food parcels to warm clothing in winter.

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     Young, fit and unemployed                                                                                                       Currently in the 4th grade of High School, Elis is
                                                                                                                                     studying Electronics. He sees education as the
                                                                                                                                     only way of breaking out of the poverty trap.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Elis has not yet had his big break but he is
                                                                                                                                                                                                           more hopeful about his career than he has ever
                                                                                                                                                                                                           been. After school, he attends English language
                                                                                                                                     Many of his peers have been to school but are                         classes at a Community Training Centre run by
                                                                                                                                     unable to find work because they are under-                           Islamic Relief. For a small fee, Elis receives high

     Albania                                                                                                                         skilled. With no practical experience, nobody
                                                                                                                                     is willing to employ them, and without the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           quality education that is designed to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                           his chances of finding work. The Centre also
                                                                                                                                     opportunity to work, they are unable to gain                          runs language courses in Italian and German and
                                                                                                                                     the skills and experience they need. This vicious                     offers vocational training in popular subjects
                                                                                                                                     cycle works against young men like Elis who are                       like computers and tailoring.
     You’re young, fit and relatively healthy. You study hard and hope to get a                                                      desperate for a chance to prove themselves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Training Centre itself is a two-storey building
     good job. Your family are poor and you want to do everything you can to                                                                                                                               that houses classrooms, conference facilities, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           prayer hall and sports ground. Surrounded by
     support them. As the only son, they’re all depending on you. There is no                                                                                                                              gardens, it is a pleasant place for young people
                                                                                                                                                                                                           to attend training courses and meet other
     reason why you shouldn’t be able to live up to their expectations, except the                                                                                                                         students. The Centre is also a hub for social
     fact that you live in Albania.                                                                                                                                                                        and cultural events like sports championships
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and plays an important role in supporting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     educational activities in the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Elis feels that he and other young
                                                                                                                                                                                           EVERY	YEAR,	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     people in Shkodre gain a great deal
                                                                                                                                                                                           OVER	400	YOUNG	           from the Centre. Students who
                                                                                                                                                                                           PEOPLE	LIKE	ELIS	         graduate from training courses receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     certificates that are authorised by the
                                                                                                                                                                                           BENEFIT	FROM	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Albanian Ministry of Labour and Social
                                                                                                                                                                                           THE	CENTRE.               Affairs. Others who use its facilities
                   AROUND	70%	OF	THE	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     welcome the opportunity to socialise
                   POPULATION	ARE	IN	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     with other like-minded people.
                   NEED	OF	WORK	AND	
                   MANY,	LIKE	ELIS,	FEEL	                                                                                                                                                                  Every year, over 400 young people like Elis
                                                                                                                                                                                                           benefit from the Centre. With a good reputation
                   THEY	HAVE	NOT	BEEN	
                                                                                                                                                                                                           for quality education, it has a long waiting
                   GIVEN	A	FAIR	CHANCE.                                                                                                                                                                    list as demand for enrolment far exceeds the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           number of available places. Elis, who is doing
                                                                                                                                                                                                           well in his English course, is looking forward to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           taking other courses at the Centre. He enjoys
                                                                                                                                                                                                           painting in his free time and hopes to enrol on
                                                                                                                                                                                                           a Fine Arts course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Elis does not know what the future holds
                                                                                                                                  Elis enjoys painting and hopes to enrol on a Fine Arts
                                                                                                                                  course at the Islamic Relief Training Centre.                            for him but he is determined to get a good
                                                                                                                                                                                                           education and as much practical training as
                                                                                                                                                                                                           possible. He also hopes to go to university one
                                                                                                                                                                                                           day so that he has a better chance of getting a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           good job. When his father died a few years ago,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Elis wanted nothing more than to be able to
                                 Elis is 18 years old and lives in a village called Barbullush in Shkodre with his grandfather,                                                                            support his family. Since attending the Islamic
                                 mother and two younger sisters. Shkodre is a large city in the north where, like many                                                                                     Relief Training Centre he feels he is closer to
                                 parts of the country, poverty is widespread. Unemployment rates are exceptionally                                                                                         achieving his goal than ever before.
                                 high, particularly in rural areas. Around 70% of the population are in need of work and
                                 many, like Elis, feel they have not been given a fair chance.

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     Qurbani 2006                                                                                                  Sudan

     Every year on the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha, Islamic Relief distributes
     gifts of Qurbani meat to poor communities around the world. For some, it
     is the only time of year they can afford to eat meat. Islamic Relief prepares
     and distributes the meat on behalf of its donors through a massive operation
     that spans many countries. In 2006, the operation costing over £700,000
     allowed fresh Qurbani meat to reach more than one million people in over
     15 different countries.



                                            Indonesia                                        Yemen   Afghanistan
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                                                                                       Ahmed doesn’t know we’re visiting him today. I met                The lady was Maryam, Ahmed’s aunt. She called out

     Celebrating Eid with Ahmed
                                                                                       him a few days earlier when Islamic Relief distributed            to him in a high pitched voice: “Ahmed, where are
                                                                                       Qurbani meat to poor families in El Obeid. I wanted to            you? You have visitors.” The call exhausted her and she
                                                                                       visit a family who received a food packet. Islamic Relief         took a rest. Meanwhile Ahmed came running, excited
                                                                                       donors around the world give generously at this time              as if he was meeting long lost friends. I asked for his
                                                                                       of year. I wanted to go back and tell them about the              mother and was told she is not at home. “She goes
                                                                                       people who receive their gifts.                                                 out to do cleaning jobs. She has to earn

     Sudan                                                                             I couldn’t tell you where Ahmed lives
                                                                                                                                        INFANT	MORTALITY	
                                                                                                                                                                       money to take care of her son so he can
                                                                                                                                                                       have a good education and a good life.
                                                                                       because somewhere along the way, road-                                          What else can she do?” asked Maryam.
                                                                                       names became insignificant. Even the             IS	SO	HIGH	THAT	               “We only have help from Allah, and from
                                                                                       roads themselves disappeared - there             NEWBORN	BABIES	                Islamic Relief.”
                                                                                       were just dirt tracks and makeshift
                                                                                                                                        ARE	NOT	EVEN	GIVEN	
                                                                                       homes. My colleague, Mufarah, from                                               Ahmed’s father died three years ago after
                                                                                       Islamic Relief’s Kordofan office, pointed        A	NAME	IN	THE	FIRST	            becoming very ill. Apparently, preventable
                                                                                       to a house. “It must be this one,” she said       SIX	MONTHS	OF	THEIR	           illnesses claim many lives in this region.
                                                                                       confidently. The house was half-decayed           LIVES.		                       The absence of basic hygiene and sanitary
                                                                                       with straw mats in place of a roof. It had                                       facilities means disease spreads fast. Lack
                                                                                       a courtyard and five rooms, each housing                                         of water means contaminated rainwater
                                                                                       an entire family.                                                                is collected for drinking. Infant mortality
                                                                                                                                                        is so high that newborn babies are not even given a
                                                                                       A lady dressed in blue came out and welcomed us                  name in the first six months of their lives.
                                                                                       happily. “Eid Mubarak!” she said, offering the traditional
                                                                                       festive greeting. I recognised her immediately having            Ahmed knows his full name but he doesn’t know how
                                                                                       seen her at the food distribution. How could I forget            old he is. His Aunt Maryam guesses he is around nine or
                                                                                       her face? Amongst all the dark-skinned people she was            ten. He is in the 2nd year of school and loves studying
                                                                                       the only one with light skin. I asked why and Mufarah            maths. I asked what he wants to be when he grows up
                                                                                       explained she had developed a skin condition after               and he quickly replied, “Engineer!” The word needed
                                                                                       being given the wrong medication during pregnancy.               no translation and he smiled when I responded with
                                                                                       She also lost her eyesight two years ago.                        “Insha’Allah,” God-willing.

                                                                                                                                                           Ahmed is an only child but you would never know
                                                                                                                                                           it. His many friends are like his family, he told me.
                                                                                                                                                           “They’re all my brothers and sisters,” he said, and his
                                                                                                                                                           friends Abdur Rahman and Samed quickly came to his
                                                                                                                                                           side as if to prove it. The children have very little, but
                                                                                                                                                           they keep themselves happy. “I love football,” Ahmed
                                                                                                                                                           told me. “I support Al Hilal, the national team but
                                                                                                                                                           internationally I support Brazil,” he added proudly.

                                                                                                                                                           As I left Ahmed greeted me like an adult, one hand on
                                                                                                                                                           shoulder followed by a firm handshake. He shouted
                                                                                                                                                           after us, offering prayers for a safe journey back home.
                                                                                                                                                           I left with mixed feelings, happy to see his joyous
                                                                                                                                                           spirit, sad to see his living conditions. Ahmed waved
                                                                                                                                                           us goodbye and I went back to my world. He was glad
     It’s the second day of Eid-ul-Adha, the annual Muslim festival. I’m in Kordofan                                                                       there were people thinking of him on Eid day. I was
                                                                                                                                                           glad to have made his Eid a little bit special.
     in northern Sudan and children are playing out on the street. Women dressed
                                                                                                                                                           Ismet Misirlioglu
     in shiny garments are in and out of homes, visiting friends and family. I’m
     here to meet Ahmed and his family who recently received a Qurbani gift
     from Islamic Relief.

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     Hurricane Katrina                                                                                                                           News                                                                                  Islamic Relief receives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       £3.75m DFID funds
                                                                                                                                                 In Brief
                                                                                                                                                 New Orphan Centre opens in Mali
     On 29th August 2005 the Gulf Coast of America                                                        Hurricane Stan
                                                                                                          In early October, another hurricane,
     suffered one of the worst natural disasters in its                                                   this time in Central America, killed
                                                                                                          2,000 people and left hundreds
     history. Hurricane Katrina left an unprecedented                                                     of thousands homeless. Hurricane
                                                                                                          Stan was followed by torrential
     trail of destruction causing over 1300 deaths                                                        rains causing floods and triggering
                                                                                                          over 900 mudslides.
     and leaving around one million people homeless.
                                                                                                          Guatemala was the worst affected                                                                                               “Working with Islamic Relief is an effective
     Islamic Relief launched its largest ever relief                                                      country where almost a quarter                                                                                                 way to achieve our shared aims of poverty
                                                                                                          of a million people were affected.
     operation in the USA in response to the tragedy.                                                     Entire villages were buried under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gareth Thomas, DFID

                                                                                                          massive avalanches of mud up                                                                                                 Islamic Relief is to receive at least £3.75
                                                                                                          to 40ft deep. In neighbouring El                                                                                             million new funds from the UK government’s
                                                                                                          Salvador around 300 communities        On 22nd December 2005, Islamic Relief opened a new centre for orphans and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Department for International Development
                                           Hurricane Katrina reached speeds of up to 145 miles            were flooded and more than             widows in Mali’s capital city of Bamako. The centre offers basic health and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (DFID). Islamic Relief is to receive at least
                                           per hour, causing 80 per cent of the city of New               50,000 people sought refuge in         nutrition services to orphans and their families, in addition to emotional support.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       £3.75 million new funds from the UK
                                           Orleans to be immersed in water as deep as 20 feet.            shelters throughout the country.       The centre also provides computer training and English lessons to hundreds of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       government’s Department for International
                                           Wasting no time, Islamic Relief committed an initial                                                  young graduates to help reduce unemployment in the country.
                                                                                                          In the immediate aftermath of                                                                                                Development (DFID) over the next five
                                           $2 million to the relief effort whilst its USA office          the disaster, Islamic Relief teamed    The “Centre of Hope,” was built with the generous support of Qatar’s Ministry of      years. The funds will boost Islamic Relief’s
                                           mobilised its nationwide volunteer base to help deliver        up with the Catholic Agency for        Endowments to serve orphans in the city. The opening ceremony was attended            ongoing work in the developing world,
                                           aid on the ground.                                             Overseas Development (CAFOD)           by His Eminence Faisal Abdullah al-Mahmoud, the Minister of Endowments and            including efforts to improve healthcare for
                                        In the immediate aftermath, food and essential survival           and contributed £100,000 to            Islamic Affairs in Qatar and the Prime Minister of Mali, Mr Ousmane Oussifou          mothers and children in Pakistan.
     items were distributed to over 2,500 displaced or returning residents in New Orleans over            emergency response projects.           Maiga. Mali’s Minister of Women, Children and the Family, Mrs N’Diaye Sene also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “In the 20 years since we set up Islamic
     a two-week period. Around 250 people were also served daily through other distribution               Hundreds of families in El Salvador    attended the opening as did Islamic Relief’s President, Dr Hany El Banna.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Relief we have received tremendous
     points.                                                                                              were given food, mattresses,           Islamic Relief donors currently sponsor over 850 orphans in Mali and it is expected   support from DFID. This new money will
                                                                                                          blankets and medicines. In             that an additional 10,500 orphans and their families will benefit from the medical    help Islamic Relief to reach even more
     In Houston and Dallas, which received thousands of evacuees, Islamic Relief staff and
                                                                                                          Guatemala, distribution of             services available at the centre.                                                     people globally and ensure that the impact
     volunteers provided emergency shelter, food and educational supplies.
                                                                                                          emergency food and essential                                                                                                 we have on their lives is greater,” said Dr
     In Louisiana, which suffered some of the worst damage, Islamic Relief provided                       items were arranged in the capital                                                                                           Hossam Said, Islamic Relief’s International
     evacuees with food, water, temporary housing, bedding, clothing, medicine, hygiene kits,             and less-affected areas.                                                                                                     Programmes Director.
     kitchenware and transport.
                                                                                                          Islamic Relief maintains a good                                                                                              International Development Minister Gareth
                                                                                                                                                    Heshmat Khalifa, Director of Islamic
     In Biloxi, in Mississippi, Islamic Relief built a primary health care facility for local residents   working relationship with CAFOD,                                                                                             Thomas said: “Islamic Relief has strong
                                                                                                                                                    Relief Worldwide Fundraising Division
     and distributed food, clothes, hygiene packs, tents, sleeping bags and toys to affected              who has generously contributed                                                                                               links in the countries where it works and
                                                                                                                                                    (left) met with Mahaman Moussa,
     families. The city’s mayor, AJ Halloway, officially recognised and praised Islamic Relief’s          to Islamic Relief’s work in Iran,                                                                                            an established reputation with the people
                                                                                                                                                    Minister for Regional Planning and
     disaster relief work in Biloxi.                                                                      Afghanistan, Goma and Chechnya                                                                                               there. It exists to help the poor in the
                                                                                                                                                    Community Development for the
                                                                                                          amongst others.                                                                                                              developing world help themselves. Working
     Since the hurricane, Islamic Relief has been working in partnership with the International                                                     Government of Niger. The meeting,
     Institute for Psychosocial Development (IIPD) to help victims overcome the trauma of                                                           held in Niger on 18th April 2006                                                   in partnership - with Islamic Relief, with
     the disaster. Ahmed El-Bendary, of Islamic Relief USA, said, “We have always worked                                                            discussed Islamic Relief’s humanitarian                                            local people - backed by these new funds,
     to alleviate the suffering of victims of natural disasters around the world. In the case                                                       work in Niger and the scope for                                                    is an effective way to achieve our shared
     of Hurricane Katrina, we feel a special responsibility to meet the needs of our fellow                                                         expanding it.                                                                      aims of global poverty reduction.”

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     News                                             “			HAVE	NOTHING	BUT	THE	GREATEST	ADMIRATION	FOR	THE	
                                                        WAY	IN	WHICH	ISLAMIC	RELIEF	RESPONDS	TO	THESE	DREADFUL	
                                                        DISASTERS.	WE	OWE	A	HUGE	DEBT	OF	GRATITUDE	TO	ISLAMIC	
                                                                                                                                                                           Mohamed Adan 1963 - 2006

                                                                                                                                                                        Islamic Relief staff would like to pay      He worked hard to establish an office in
     In Brief                                           RELIEF	AND	OTHER	ORGANISATIONS	LIKE	THEM.”                                                                      tribute to their respected colleague
                                                                                                                                                                        Mohamed Adan who worked in the Kenya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mandera dedicated to caring for orphans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When he fell ill with cancer he became
                                                                                                 HRH	The	Prince	of	Wales                                                office as Orphans Officer and passed        bedridden but continued to perform his
                                                                                                                                                                        away on 12th April 2006.                    duties by instructing his colleagues to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    carry out tasks on his behalf. One of
                                                                                                                                                                        Mohamed was born in 1963 into a poor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the last projects he worked on was
                                                                                                                                                                        religious family in Mandera, Kenya. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    facilitating Islamic Relief’s emergency
                                                                                                                                                                        was well known as an educated humble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    work in Kenya in response to the current
                                                                                                                                                                        man who always strived to ease human
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    food crisis.
                                                                                                                                                                        suffering. He was often seen helping the
                                                                                 HRH the Prince of Wales commended                                                      sick, the elderly and the destitute by      Mohamed will be remembered as a man
                                                                                 Islamic Relief’s work in Pakistan-                                                     giving away in charity the little wealth    of generosity and goodwill and will be
                                                                                 administered Kashmir in the wake of the                                                he had.                                     deeply missed by everyone who knew
                                                                                 Asia earthquake at a gathering in which                                                                                            him. He leaves behind three wives and
                                                                                                                                                                        Mohamed worked as a volunteer for
                                                                                 he met the families of victims. The event                                                                                          twelve children.
                                                                                                                                                                        Islamic Relief for ten years prior to his
                                                                                 was organised by Islamic Relief and hosted
                                                                                                                                                                        appointment as Orphans Officer last year.
                                                                                 by the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in
                                                                                 West London. Also present was the High
                                                                                 Commissioner for Pakistan, Dr Maliha
                                                                                 Lodhi who expressed her deep gratitude
                                                                                 to Islamic Relief for their immediate
                                                                                 response and exceptional work in the         Working together with the IOM
                                                                                 disaster zone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The agreement also allows the IOM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Islamic Relief to undertake joint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    programmes promoting economic and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    community development, especially in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    areas where there is a great deal of
          Artistes awarded for                                                                                                                                                                                      pressure for communities to migrate.
          humanitarian campaign                                                                                                                                                                                     Other areas of joint work will include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    providing humanitarian assistance to
          Islamic Relief held an awards ceremony to                                                                                                                                                                 people affected by natural disasters or
          recognise the work of 50 celebrities from                                                                                                                                                                 conflicts, and research and study into
          the Arab world who helped to promote                                                                                                                                                                      areas of mutual interest.
          humanitarian causes through a month-long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shaking hands on the new relationship,
          television campaign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brunson McKinley said, “I have seen and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    been impressed by the effectiveness of
          Aired on the Arabic television channel ‘Iqra,’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Islamic Relief on the ground in Pakistan.
          the campaign consisted of 30 five-minute                                                                                                 Dr Hany El Banna met with Brunson McKinley, IOM Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our collaboration there has been critical
          programmes that were broadcast every day                                                                                                  General in Geneva on 30th January to sign the agreement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in reaching those who urgently needed
          of the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    help, particularly in remote areas. This
          The ‘Fanan wa Insan,’ or ‘Artistes and                                                                              Islamic Relief has signed a Memorandum    Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The          agreement strengthens our work together
          Humanitarians’ series was created by Islamic                                                                        of Understanding with the International   new agreement formally allows each          both now and in the future and will
          Relief in conjunction with a television production company. The series focussed on humanitarian issues around the   Organisation for Migration (IOM)          organisation to request the co-operation    benefit many people who need help.”
          world and what individuals can do to help those in need.                                                            following several meetings between        of the other during relief operations
                                                                                                                              the two organisations. Islamic Relief     in order not to duplicate efforts and
          To celebrate the success of the campaign, Islamic Relief hosted an event at the Hyatt Hotel in Cairo on 13th
                                                                                                                              has been working with the IOM             to maximise effectiveness in helping
          February 2006. Amongst the 50 or so celebrities present was famous Egyptian actress Sabreen who now works as an
                                                                                                                              in delivering essential relief items to   vulnerable populations.
          ‘ambassador of goodwill’ for Islamic Relief in the Middle East.
                                                                                                                              earthquake-affected communities in

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     Guests and visits                                                                                                           Guests and visits
                                                                                                                                 Islamic Relief awarded for                                       HRH Princess Anne visits Banda Aceh
          World Economic Forum                                                                                                   post-tsunami efforts
                                                                                                                                                                                                  HRH Princess Anne, visited Islamic Relief’s Peulanggahan
                                                                                                                                 The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs presented
          Islamic Relief participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Davos,                                                                                                            Health Clinic in Banda Aceh on 25th September 2005.
                                                                                                                                 Islamic Relief with an award in recognition of its efforts to
          Switzerland from 25th to 29th January 2006. The annual event brought together                                                                                                           She learned about the vital work Islamic Relief is doing
                                                                                                                                 support children in tsunami-affected areas of Indonesia.
          leaders from business, government, international institutions, non-governmental                                                                                                         to meet the healthcare needs of the community.
                                                                                                                                 Since the tsunami, Islamic Relief has built schools,
          organisations, universities and others from across the globe.
                                                                                                                                 distributed equipment, organised recreational events
          Dr Hany El Banna, President of Islamic Relief Worldwide, delivered a session on                                        to help children recover from trauma and also provided
          ‘Delivering in Doing Good’ and had the opportunity to attend various constructive                                      long-term financial support to over 300 orphans. Upon
          meetings with key members. He discussed the role of religious values in delivering                                     receiving the award, Khaled Khalifa, Islamic Relief’s
          relief to suffering communities and debated the issue of social and scientific                                         Head of Mission in Aceh, said, “I am personally proud
          progress in relation to moral values and concerns.                                                                     of what we have achieved so far and I am happy that
                                                                                                                                 the Indonesian people and government recognise and
                                                                                                                                 approve our activities.”

          US Islamic World Forum

          Islamic Relief President, Dr Hany El Banna, was invited to speak at the US Islamic World Forum 2006 organised by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Indonesian President visits tsunami
          Ministry of State of Qatar in Doha, from 18th to 20th February. The Forum seeks to serve as a convening body and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 memorial site
          catalyst for positive action through developing actionable programmes for government, civil society, and the private
                                                                                                                                                                                                 On the first anniversary of the tsunami, President Susilo
          sector. Dr Hany spoke on the theme of “Leaders Effect Change” and the wider issue of the relationship between the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bambang Yudhoyono and other international dignitaries
          Muslim and Western world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 paid their respects to victims of the tragedy. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                 President was welcomed by the Mayor of Aceh, Islamic
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Relief General Manager Haroun Atallah and Head of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mission in Aceh, Khaled Khalifa. He was also greeted by

                                                                                                                                                                                                 The ceremony took place at a special memorial site
          Dr Hany El Banna, President                 Khalid Almulad of Islamic                   Dr Hany El Banna met                                                                           constructed by Islamic Relief with support from the
          of Islamic Relief, in a                     Relief Yemen with HE Dr                     with Kofi Annan, Secretary                                                                     United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The
          meeting with Abubakr Al                     Rashad Al-Alimi, Minister                   General for the UN Office                                                                      President placed two special “growing stones” on the
          Qerbi, Minister of Foreign                  of Interior and Chairman of                 for the Coordination of                                                                        site. This is an Acehnese tradition and, according to
          Affairs, Yemen.                             the Civil Defense Supreme                   Humanitarian       Affairs.                                                                    legend, these stones will grow over time along with the
                                                      Council, Yemen.                             The meeting, held on 3rd                                                                       memories of those that have passed away.
                                                                                                  March 2006 discussed the
                                                                                                  humanitarian situation in

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                                                                                                                                              Creating humanitarian space
     Guests and visits                                                                                                                        in a climate of fear and suspicion
           EU delegation visits drought-affected Kenya

           A delegation from the European Union consisting of Co-President Glenys                                                              Under scrutiny
           Kinnock of the UK and other MPs visited Islamic Relief projects in the drought-
           affected areas of northeast Kenya on 6th May 2006. The European Union MPs                                                           Since the tragic events of 9/11 there has been a
           were accompanied by MPs from Kenya, and the African-Caribbean Parliament.                                                           climate of suspicion around the activities of Muslim
                                                                                                                                               NGOs. Many Muslim charities feel they are operating
           The delegation visited a water rehabilitation project and a therapeutic feeding                                                     in a climate of fear that borders on persecution. At least
           centre for malnourished children in Mandera. Ms Kinnock praised the efforts                                                         30 Muslim NGOs have been blacklisted by the United
           of Islamic Relief and other international organisations working to save lives in the area. She also said, “I’ve visited             States on suspicion of serving as fronts for extremist
           drought-affected areas before but the suffering is so great here. I feel lucky that I am in a position where I can go               groups. Sadly, this has happened at a time when their
           back to my country and advocate for more awareness and support for the people here.”                                                contribution is most needed in humanitarian hotspots
                                                                                                                                               around the world including Afghanistan, Kashmir and
           The European Union has been providing financial support to organisations that are aiding the recovery of drought-                   tsunami-hit Indonesia.
           affected communities.
                                                                                                                                               Out in the open

                                                                                                                                               The Islamic tradition of charity is ancient and well
                                                                                                                                               established but many Muslim relief organisations have
                                                                                                                                               only recently realised the importance of transparency        Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive of the British Red
     DFID visits Islamic Relief projects in Sri Lanka                                                                                          and accountability to their various stakeholders. In         Cross, at a Humanitarian Forum event with Islamic
                                                                                          Bill Clinton praises Banda Aceh                      response to these concerns, Islamic Relief has worked        Relief’s Dr Hany El Banna.
     Islamic Relief hosted a visit by Gareth Thomas, Parliamentary Under-                 projects                                             with the British Red Cross, Oxfam, and UN OCHA
     Secretary of State in the UK’s Department for International Development.
                                                                                                                                               to establish ‘The International Humanitarian Forum’
     He was joined by the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and other                Former US President Bill Clinton toured
                                                                                                                                               which aims to build and strengthen partnerships in           and other partner organisations. Forum members have
     officials. He visited Islamic Relief’s post-tsunami projects in Ampara and           an Islamic Relief health project in Banda
                                                                                                                                               the worldwide humanitarian sector. For the first time,       also held meetings with senior officials who have given
     held extensive discussions about the work of Islamic Relief and other                Aceh, Indonesia. Bill Clinton, who is the
                                                                                                                                               Muslim NGOs and the international community are              their full support to the initiative. Presently, the Forum
     international NGOs in Sri Lanka.                                                     UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery,
                                                                                                                                               talking openly about their common challenges and             is working to create an NGO-friendly environment
                                                                                          visited Aceh to monitor progress and
                                                                                                                                               solutions.                                                   and helping Muslim organisations rise to international
                                                                                          pay respects to victims of the tsunami.
                                                                                          He commended the progress made by                                                                                 standards.
                                                                                                                                               The Humanitarian Forum
                                                                                          Islamic Relief, the UN, and other NGOs
                                                                                                                                                                                                            For more information about the Humanitarian
                                                                                          that are working to restore and rebuild              Aimed at integrating Muslim NGOs into the international
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Forum visit
                                                                                          Aceh.                                                field of humanitarian relief and development, the Forum
                                                                                                                                               focuses on capacity building, creating partnerships and
                                                                                                                                               promoting a regulated legal environment for faith and
                                                                                                                                               non-faith based NGOs. Those involved in the Forum            Humanitarian Forum workshops have been
                                                                                                                                               believe it is in everybody’s interest to ensure that the     held in:
                                                                                                                                               sector is functioning properly and integrated into the
                                                                                                                                               mainstream humanitarian relief network.                      Bangladesh          Lebanon             Sudan
                                                                                                                                               International workshop                                       Egypt               Malaysia            Syria
                                                                                                                                               In recent months, the Humanitarian Forum has held            Indonesia           Pakistan            Turkey
                                                                                                                                               workshops in 15 countries to discuss the problems
                                                                                                                                               faced by local NGOs. These workshops have successfully       Jordan              Qatar               Yemen
                                                                                      Former US President Bill Clinton with Islamic Relief
                                                                                                                                               been attended by more than 1,000 local, national and
                                                                                      Aceh staff, Head of Mission Khaled Khalifa (left) and
                                                                                      Information Manager Arif Khan (right).                   international NGOs and supported by governments              Kuwait              South Africa

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Iram’s story
Six-year-old Iram was on
her way to school when the
devastating earthquake struck
in Muzaffarabad, Kashmir on
8th October 2005.
She returned home to find her family house
was no longer there and her father had died
under the rubble.

Iram’s mother was left homeless with six
children to take care of. She worried about how
to protect them from the cold winter nights.
She also worried about Iram who had lost her
ability to smile.

Islamic Relief has been supporting children
orphaned by the earthquake through its One-to-
One Sponsorship scheme that puts individual
donors and children in touch with each other.

In February 2006, Iram was sponsored by a donor
from the USA who makes a regular contribution to
help Iram lead a more normal life. Iram is still shy
and reserved but she now attends a tent-school,
enjoys studying and is becoming more active.

         To sponsor an orphan, or for further information about Islamic Relief’s Orphans Programmes contact:
                           +44 (0) 121 622 0622 •

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