Winter Storm Brings Misery to Middle East Refugees
A fierce winter storm has brought freezing temperatures to the Middle East, raising worries about the plight of the millions of refugees there (BBC News).
Thousands of refugees across Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine are struggling to keep warm and protect their shelters as severe winter storms bring plummeting temperatures, heavy snow, strong winds and lashing rain to the region. High winds, blizzards and heavy rain have battered the Middle East, cutting power to thousands and bringing fresh misery to refugees displaced by conflicts in Syria and Gaza.
In Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, heavy snow covered read more...
Syrian Children are at Risk of Hunger
The long lasting conflict in Syria has resulted in about 9 million Syrians becoming refugees, taking shelter and trying to start a new life in neighboring countries. Those who have been affected by this more than anyone else are the children, new mothers with newborn babies, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
- Lebanon-1,176,971 Syrian refugees
- Jordan-613,252 Syrian refugees
- Iraq-215,369 Syrian refugees
- Turkey-832,508 Syrian refugees
After fleeing to their neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan, Syrian refugees have found a place to stay, but they are still trying to figure out how to survive and have a place that they can call read more...
GAZA IS DROWNING
The UN declared a state of emergency in Gaza due to the flooding
Hundreds evacuated from their homes after extreme weather and heavy rains hit the Gaza Strip
Gaza’s floods last week have worsened the city’s situation. Since the 50-day conflict ended only a couple of months ago, the city and its residents are still coping with the aftermath of the tragedy. Before the floods last week, there was already a water and energy crisis that was resulting in sickness, poor health, and blackouts.
There are lots of major concerns that come about as consequences of these floods. Children are having to miss out on school so early in the school year, and famil read more...
Climate Changes Affect Over One Million People in Pakistan
It has been over two weeks since the start of the floods in Pakistan. Large parts of the country are under water. The huge flooding of river Chenab has affected over 600 villages in different regions. The floods have affected nearly one million people, washed away roads, bridges, and cattle. Over 100 people died, and tens of thousands have been displaced in Punjab and Sindh provinces.
Our Baitulmaal Pakistan office sent a team to both provinces to assess the situation, and identify the urgent needs of the local communities. The team stressed on the urgency of providing immediate assistance to the victims.
Baitulmaal's Response: Our office in Pakistan has been assessing and updating us on the current floods situation i read more...
Children of Syria: They Need Us!
The children of Syria are orphaned, displaced, injured and killed. As the conflict in Syria approaches the end of it's third year, at least 4 million children are witnessing their past and futures disappear due to the conflict. In response to the current situation, with the support of our generous donors, Baitulmaal targets the children's health, sanitation, nutrition, education and protection through various programs.
The children of Syria are paying the heaviest price for this conflict. They are deprived of their right to education and life. They are orphaned, displaced, injured and killed. With the situation deterirating, the risk of losing more children is increasing. Hunger is killing many more. The latest statisti read more...
Drought Crisis in East Africa – URGENT APPEAL
The Drought Crisis Leaves the People of Kenya & Somalia Struggling
Baitulmaal office in Kenya just reported a major drought crisis in East Africa caused by the extreme heat appealing for urgent assistance. E. Africa is facing one of the worst dry spells since the drought crisis in 2011 causing malnutrition and inflation in countries already weakened by hardship and danger, Kenya and Somalia. High food prices is a major concern and a reason to increasing the suffering of civilians. The drought has left these countries rivers dry devastating already needy people and their livestock. According to our staff members in Kenya, most areas have received little or no rain in the past we read more...
URGENT APPEAL: Wounded Syrians Need Urgent Medical Care
Dealing with the growing human impact of the Syrian Crisis is an everyday struggle for many humanitairan aid organizations. On his one week tour of the Syrian refugee camps in different parts of Jordan, Executive Director at Baitulmaal, Br. Suleiman Alghanem, assessed the situation of the Syrians and expressed his heartbreak and sadness over the condition of the conflict survivors. The war is escalating and the humanitarian situation is deteriorating day by day.
On behalf of thousands of Syrian refugees, we are urgently appealing for support to treat injured Syrians. Hundreds of thousands wounded require long-term medical care and rehabilitation. Many of the injured are paralyzed, lost parts of their read more...
Water Crisis in Gaza
A humanitarian catastrophe emerges as the Gaza territory's only aquifier fails. The Gaza Strip is heading towards a water crisis that will make it unliveable in just a few years. The territory's only aquifier is contaminated with chemicals and sea water.
Baitulmaal's representatives and partner organization in Gaza strip have been working on behalf of our donors to put a plan to install water purification system in schools and other populated areas.
A water well was dug in a donated land, ready to be used but needs the purification system, when completed, an estimated 50k people will benefit from it.read more...
Conflict in Western Darfur, Sudan has increased the number of people streaming into refugee camps. There are approximately 1,873,300 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Sudan, a significant number of them in Darfur, where there is limited access to health care. The demand for primary health care has read more..
The intense bombardment now stopped! However, the increasing number of deaths recorded, and the high number of injured, the situation in Gaza has become intolerable! In the last 45 days, Baitulmaal USA delivered over $200,000 in humanitarian aid to the civilians seeking refuge in schools and shelters. read more..
Hajja Fatima, a 69 year old woman seeking refuge in a UNRWA shelter in Gaza was eager to express her gratitude to the people who provided her and the entire shelter refugees with emergency relief supplies during the second week of the conflict in Gaza. Fatima called at our representative in Gaza, Br. read more..
Baitulmaal’s Executive Director, Suleiman Alghanem was invited to the Crisis Round Table Discussion at InterAction in Washington, D.C. for a discussion on the virus that has left people in all parts of the world worried about an epidemic plague. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to effectively read more..
While we are gaining excitement about hot chocolate, pumpkin spice, and boots, some people in the world are dreading the arrival of winter. Winters become harsh when you don't have the proper kind of clothing to protect yourself from the brutal wind and snow.There are countless families in numerous read more..
During the visitation to the home of Mesleh Zo’rob in Khan Younis City 2015 On January 14, 2015 we visited the home of Mesleh Zo’rob, 45, in Khan Younis City, Palestine. He is the father of 5 children who all live in a, 753 sq. ft., home that consists of a bedroom, living room, bathroom & kitchen read more..
During the visitation to Naser Shurrab’s home in Khan Younis City 2015 In the poverty stricken Palestine, our attention was brought to Naser Shurrab’s, 45, and his family’s 1291 sq. ft. shell of a home. He was born a mute and is the father of 7 children who lack the basic needs for a good life. What read more..