14.05.2013 / For immediate release
Human Appeal discusses the Syria crisis at the Houses of Parliament
Human Appeal supporters and Mosaic associates gathered at the Houses of Parliament on the 14th May to discuss the ever growing and appalling humanitarian crisis in Syria.
The event was hosted by Shabana Mahmood MP and moderated by Aaqil Ahmed, BBC Head of Religion & Ethics. The Jordanian Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mr Mazen Kemal Homoud, commenced the session with his address by saying the Za'atari refugee camp is the ‘third largest city’ in Jordan.
Human Appeal CEO, Othman Moqbel delivered a few words about the essential role of British Muslims during this crisis, highlighting the importance of ensuring not only immediate assistance, but also hospitals, schools and psycho-social support is continuously provided for the victims of the violence. He also emphasized that channels for delivering aid must always be open and secure.
The Pride of Britain award winning Tariq Jahan, who appealed for peace after his own son’s death in the Birmingham riots of 2011, reflected upon his recent visit to Syria. Stopping in mid-sentence he recalled the suffering of an 11 year-old girl in Syria who told him: "We have been through this for two years now; we do not cry anymore."
Human Appeal is currently funding a school near Qah Camp where 900 students attend primary and secondary schooling. We are also delivering psycho-social support and funding a hospital in Bab al-Hawa, near the Turkish border. Donations fund food parcels, flour for bakeries, shelters and sanitation materials, which we send to Syrians inside and outside Syria as well.
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Human Appeal (humanappeal.org.uk) also has a number of humanitarian projects running across other disaster and war-torn areas of the globe.