This Ramadhan we watched in horror at the utter devastation caused by the conflict in Gaza, yet again. Six weeks of fierce fighting has lead to over two thousand casualties and over ten thousand injured. Even a developed city in the UK would struggle to cope with the numbers of injured.
Let’s not forget the horrors that afflict the Syrians. Although there is little in the media, this is not to say the conflict has ended. The situation in Syria is worse than ever, thousands dead, millions displaced, and the conflict continues. The current death toll stands at 191,000. Many of them children.
Why Gaza is struggling
Deemed the open air prison, Gaza is one of the most overcrowded places on earth with over 1.7million people living in the area that is only 10 x 40 km. Nearly half the population live below the poverty line, and why is that the case?
- for the past 8 years or so the economic blockade imposed upon Gaza means there are strict restrictions upon imports and exports. At one stage the people were prevented from importing basic food items like, coriander, and ginger.
- Fishermen can only fish within 6 nautical miles of the strip, and over the past six weeks this has been reduced further to 3 miles. If they venture further afield, they risk being shot at.
- Gaza’s only water supply was deemed unfit for human consumption by the world health organisation (WHO)
As conflicts in the middle east continue, reflect on how you felt about this issue in Ramadhan…because undeniably we felt more compassion towards them in the blessed month…. maybe because we are more spiritual in Ramadhan, or we were in the spirit of giving, or is it because with our empty stomachs and dry parched mouths, we empathize with our dear brothers and sisters…but we forgot that we had a tasty iftar to look forward to…
A personal experience
Gaza will always be dear to my heart, having travelled as part of medical aid convoy in 2012, shortly following the conflict at the time. The situation was dire, but the Palestinians were so patient in their outlook. We would not leave our cars in the breeze block shelters these people call home. I shall never forget the images of countless children I saw, running around on the flooded concrete floor.
We can help..
The prophet (peace be upon him) said the believers shade on the of judgement will be his charity. [Tirmidhi 604]
Children of Jannah and War Torn Cities
Support a family in Gaza/Syria for just £10:
Our Arabic sorrow to serenity:
this provides essential emotional support to the families who have lost a child in the conflict.
Our toy drive:
We aim to deliver toys to Children in Gaza and Syria . To bring some joy to their shattered lives
You can donate on our just giving page by visiting: www.justgiving.com/WarTornCities
Personalise your donation:
We will be holding events locally where you can write a message in the book to our bereaved families.
Jazakallah Khair for your support.