Muslim Hands Extend Support to Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Turkey

  Turkey has over 1 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Muslim Hands are pairing up with a Muslim-Dutch organization called ‘Together for Syria’ to help about 100 families with food supplies. The cost to provide 25 families with one month of food supply is $550.00. This is what will be included in the food package per family: Rice, Bread, Oil, Macaroni, Beans, Tomato sauce, Tea, Salt, Sugar, Tahini (Something they eat with bread), Milk powder, Vinegar, Cans of soup, Flour, Shampoo, Soap and Tissues, All items will be bought in Istanbul, Turkey and personally put together by Helping Hands.   This Muslim humanitarian organization is hoping to make 100 food packages for 100 families. Streets of Istanbul are full of 2 million refugees, 1.8 M are from Syria. These people are currently in refugee camps or trying to survive on the streets of Istanbul, exposed to the elements. Members from the organization will be responsible for purchasing, packaging, and distributing the goods. The organization will document as much as we possibly can to share these moments with everyone involved. The packages will be distributed to the refugees on the streets and the camps. The cost of the food package is $23. These packages will provide food for a family of 5. Source:...

Yarmouk Siege: ISIS Seizes Camp, Sparking Calls for Evacuation of Civilians

Thousands of civilians are in “immediate danger” and must be evacuated from “completely dire” conditions following ISIS’ affront on a refugee camp, a U.N. official said Tuesday. Some 18,000 civilians have been trapped with limited food and water in the Yarmouk camp near Syria’s capital, caught between government forces and dueling rebel groups. Their already-tenuous situation deteriorated sharply last week when ISIS launched a push to seize control of the camp from rival armed groups like the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, setting off street battles and mounting alarm for those trapped in the crossfire. U.N. Relief and Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness said Tuesday the situation on the ground is “completely dire.” No U.N. food, water or medical supplies have reached the camp in a week, he added. “Lives are in immediate danger,” Gunness said of the civilians — including 3,500 children — trapped by the fighting. “It is not impossible to work out what needs to be done: we’re calling for a pause in the fighting and an evacuation of civilians.” He stressed that — despite the presence of armed groups — an evacuation would be possible. “We just need the parties on the ground to cooperate,” he said. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power added her voice to calls for a cessation in hostilities, posting on Twitter late Monday that all sides must end the siege and allow civilians out. Her remarks came after the U.N. Security Council convened an emergency meeting on Monday to address the crisis and get an urgent briefing from the head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, Pierre Krahenbuhl. Krahenbuhl...

Islamic Relief of Australia on Worldwide Humanitarian Mission

Australia based Islamic Relief has been providing humanitarian aid to vulnerable families in Syria since the onset of the crisis in 2011. Islamic Relief programs now assist refugees in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan as well as those suffering inside Syria itself. As Syria enters a fifth year of conflict, the organization is determined to do even more than ever before to provide relief and end the suffering. Syria is at the centre of one of the world’s most critical humanitarian emergencies. The country is besieged by internal conflict that has uprooted millions of families. On average, one family flees Syria for safety, every minute. Four years on from the beginning of the conflict, Islamic Relief has implemented more than 223 projects to support vulnerable Syrians in Syria, and neighbouring Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. These projects have varied from providing food aid, non-food items, education support, shelter assistance, psychosocial support, Water and Sanitation Health projects, and medical assistance. Islamic Relief has reached 7,126,795 people in Syria and neighbouring countries since 2012 through its humanitarian and urgent assistance in various sectors. In 2014 alone, more than 500,000 Syrians benefited from Islamic Relief’s Winter programmes, with over 11,000 Syrians in Lebanon receiving items such as blankets, clothes, vouchers, gas heaters, gas cylinders and mattresses. Inside Syria, over 44,000 blankets were distributed, as well as thousands of mattresses and sheets. We intend to carry on our work inside Syria in 2015, so please donate today to make this vital work, possible.   Australia Based Islamic Relief’s £128 million Syria Programme Islamic Relief is distributing food and medicines deep inside Syria, and helping hundreds of thousands of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. The...

ISIS destroys historic Christian and Muslim shrines in northern Iraq

Structures destroyed include fourth-century Assyrian memorial Patriarch of Syriac Catholic church tells west: ‘Condemnation is not enough’ Islamic State militants appear to have destroyed Christian and Shia Muslim shrines in northern Iraq – including a fourth-century memorial built by an Assyrian king – in the group’s latest rampage against the embattled country’s religious and cultural heritage. On Thursday, Isis’s “Nineveh province media office” released photographs showing the apparent destruction of the holy sites in Hamdaniya, northern Iraq. “We are not imported into our lands in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon,” Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians of the Syriac Catholic church, told the Guardian. “We call on the world that calls itself civilised to help us stay in our land, and defend our rights as citizens.” “Condemnation is not enough. Our destiny is in great danger, the Christians and the other minorities in Iraq,” he added. Most of Hamdaniya’s Christians, both Chaldeans and Syriacs, fled the area when Isis swept through northern Iraq last summer in a lightning offensive, desecrating churches and killing or forcibly converting minorities. The razing of ancient sites and Shia mosques is the latest assault on Iraq’s heritage by the militant group, which in recent weeks burned thousands of priceless manuscripts in the Mosul library and ransacked its museum, bulldozed the ancient city of Nimrud, and attacked the fortress city of Hatra. The group also attacked Dur-Sharrukin, a former capital of Assyria. Isis, which governs a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, ostensibly adheres to a purist interpretation of Sunni Islam, which seeks inspiration from early Islamic history. The group considers Iraq’s...

NGOs pledge $506m for Syrian refugees

KUWAIT: A UN envoy warned yesterday of a “horrifying” humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as nongovernmental organizations pledged more than $500 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference. The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $8.4 billion for Syria this year and hopes to receive major pledges at the donor meeting today in Kuwait. “Failing to meet the required funds risks resulting in a horrifying and dangerous humanitarian catastrophe,” Abdullah Al-Maatouq, UN special envoy for humanitarian affairs, told a meeting of NGOs. Among the aid groups which gathered yesterday, Turkey’s made the largest pledge of $100 million. Other donors included Qatar’s Red Crescent Society and Kuwait’s International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO). UN humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos said the donor response at Tuesday’s conference “needs to be comprehensive”. She said the humanitarian situation had deteriorated in Syria with no reduction in violence and children particularly affected. The aid is urgently required to provide life-saving assistance to half of Syria’s population as several UN aid agencies have said they remain underfunded and warned they could halt or downsize their operations. IICO announced that total pledges amounted to $506 million, a day ahead of the Third International Pledging Humanitarian Conference for Syria, surpassing $348 million pledges made at the second NGOs’ conference for the Syrian people held in Kuwait in Jan 2014. It said that Kuwaiti NGOs and figures, already active on the ground to help the Syrians, pledged $88 million. The Kuwaiti NGOs and figures were Kuwait Islamic Heritage Revival Society, Abdullah Al-Nouri Charitable Society, Zakat House, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Direct...

ISIS uses children to lead prisoners to beheadings

March 29, 2015   ISIS terrorists used children as props in their latest sick execution video, having the youngsters lead eight Shiite men to their doom in a Syrian field. The blindfolded victims — dressed in now-tragically recognizable orange jumpsuits — had their hands bound behind their backs as they were led by the children. Each boy handed off the prisoner he was leading to adult jihadis, who finished the slaughter by forcing the victims to kneel and then beheading them with knives, the video shows. The savage terror group has filmed most of its executions and used them as sick propaganda. One of the killers in the latest video speaks to the camera and labels the victims “impure infidels,” the Daily Mail reported. Modal Trigger “Our swords will soon, God willing, reach the Nusairis and their allies like Bashar and his party,” the fighter says, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, using the epithet “Nusairi” to insult his sect of Islam. In an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night, Assad said he enjoys overwhelming support from the Syrian people even though his country is wracked by civil war. He bristled at suggestions that he is nothing more than a dynastic ruler, handed the reins of power by dad Hafez al-Assad, president of Syria from 1971 to 2000. Assad tried to compare his dad and himself to Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush. “No, what matters for us is, do the Syrians support these two presidents. It doesn’t matter if they are father and son,” he said. “We don’t say W. — George W. Bush —...