01.06.2013 / For immediate release
Award winning artist Maher Zain delivers hope inside Syria with Human Appeal
Maher Zain joins Human Appeal’s convoy of hope delivering one million kilos of essential flour to feed 3 million internally displaced Syrian refugees.
Maher Zain, a chart topping nasheed sensation and the voice of hope for many Syrians joined his charity of choice, Human Appeal in delivering one million kilos of flour into Syria.
An estimated six million people face starvation in the country devastated by two years of conflict. After many of the bakeries and supply chains were bombed, millions of people were left to risk their lives to search for food. A quarter of the Syrian population is now displaced and over 70,000 have been killed.
Maher is currently travelling with a team from Human Appeal, consisting of Othman Moqbel, the charity’s CEO, Naeem Raza, TV presenter and Tariq Jahan, winner of the Pride of Britain Awards 2011 for his action in the Birmingham riots. They are travelling from Turkey into Syria to deliver essential flour, but to also visit the refugee camps, schools and hospitals. They are meeting many Syrians along the way, giving them hope and belief that help is at hand.
"My heart bleeds every time I hear another account of bloodshed from this beautiful and blessed land. Knowing that Human Appeal have been on the ground helping the innocent Syrian civilians for over 2 years, made it easy for me when they asked me to join their Make Bread not War campaign to help deliver one million kilos of flour!" says Maher about his decision to join the Human Appeal convoy.
Human Appeal’s Chief Executive, Othman Moqbel explains why Human Appeal approached Maher Zain to join the convoy; "With this being our second delivery of a million kilos of flour into Syria, we knew someone like Maher would be perfect in raising the issue that 6 million people are on the brink of starvation in the region.
So far we have delivered more food than any other UK organisation into Syria, but we know much more needs to be done. Each convoy supports 3 million people for a month, so there are 3 million who are still surviving without food. We all need to help and deliver more than just words."
Maher Zain is leading Human Appeal’s call to 'Make Bread not War'.
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