Islamic Relief Response
Islamic Relief (IR) recognises that gender inequality is one of the most severe forms of discrimination in the world. It affects women and girls of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. It is a major cause of global poverty as well as a whole host of other social ills.
Women and girls have poorer access to food, healthcare, education and paid work.
Women and girls make up sixty percent of people suffering from chronic hunger.
Women and girls are more likely to die from natural disasters.
Hamza – the Son of Aleppo
By: Ahmad Aldamen , Islamic Relief Syria
One winter day, I found myself waiting in the cold with my Islamic Relief colleagues to meet displaced families coming in green buses from northern Aleppo towns in search of safety. I was rubbing my hands together to get some warmth.
The buses arrived carrying families who had been under fire and unable to escape. They spent the most difficult time of their lives without water, food or blankets to protect them from the chilling weather. Their pale faces looked out of the bus windows, their bodies exhausted from fear, hunger and bombs.
From all sides, adults and children were rushing to get out of the buses and coming to us for a bottle of water or a meal to feed their empty stomachs. They had been living under blockade for several months. In the middle of the crowd I saw a little boy…
My dream is to become a doctor
I was forced to drop out of learning for a long time due to the lack of schools here. Until one of the organisations started building a school for us in this camp.
I was very happy with it. Days passed and here I am, sitting in school doing everything I can to be educated. I study hard, eagerly and actively. I am one of the lucky ones.
Schools don’t exist in many areas within Syria which forces children to travel very long distances to get to schools in neighbouring villages. The war in my country will not stop us from drawing up our dreams and achieving them with strength and determination…
Struggling for hope and peace
You can be sad for a while and hope becomes weak. But when someone comes to lend support it makes you say: “Thank you, Allah! Goodness still exists in this world”.
I will not surrender. I do everything I can to overcome the difficulties I’m in. I draw my strength and my will from my children. I have no one else but them after Allah. I hope to live happily with them away from the war and its horrors.
I am filled with happiness and joy when I receive free treatment in a hospital. And they give me medicine…
Helping people back to strength
Mohib, a quiet doctor, travels each day from his home to the hospital with a mission – to assist suffering people back to strength and wellness.
When an ambulance arrives at the hospital Mohib and the other doctors rush towards it. They find a little girl in there. Carrying a school bag on her back, her body is covered with blood and stone caused by the shelling of her home after she returned from school.
Mohib enters the operating room where the little girl is. He performs several operations, and then finally leaves the room unable to contain his joy after successfully saving her life…