26 Mar 2012

Qari Ziyaad Patel, International Projects Coordinator and Trustee hands over a blanket and bedding to a Syrian refugee

An ongoing internal conflict, the Syrian uprising is part of a wave of social upheaval throughout the Arab world demanding greater political freedom and an end to autocracy. In an attempt to quell the uprising, the Syrian Government deployed the Syrian army and several cities were besieged. According to the UN and other sources, since the beginning of the uprising, up to 8,000 people including armed combatants have been killed in total. Many more have been injured and tens of thousands of protestors have been imprisoned. Over 400 children have also lost their lives in the conflict. In an attempt to flee from the intensifying violence, thousands of refugees are streaming into neighboring Turkey and Jordan. "Having completed an assessment of the situation, The Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) sought ways to address the unfolding humanitarian crisis," said Qari Ziyaad Patel of the AIF. "Our office in Jordan has estimated that there are between 80,000 and 90,000 refugees currently in Jordan alone. Our integrated approach through their UK, Jordan, Australian and South African offices has brought immense relief to the thousands of refugees on the Jordanian border." The Al-Imdaad Foundation has provided accommodation, food aid and also setup a medical clinic to render medical treatment exclusively to the wounded refugees. In an intended two pronged approach, members of the Al-Imdaad Foundation are now on the ground responding to the thousands of refugees that have amassed at the Turkish Border, Patel added. VOC Courtesy of : Al-Imdaad Media Desk