Fives years on and savage violence continues to be meted out on a civilian population whose only crime was to desire a better life. Civic life in Syria today has been shattered, old communities have been destroyed and families have been torn apart.
Unending airstrikes, sieges and imprisonment have left countless Syrians with nothing. Breadwinners, homes, assets and savings, have all been lost, leaving millions in need of continuous assistance if they are to survive...
Recent decades have been difficult for Muslims in Burma. Residing under a military junta, many endure a life of misery and abject poverty
The 'Rohingya' ethnic group in paticular have suffered. Seen as foreigners, they are denied freedom of movement, education, health treatment and even the opportunity to marry.
The worsening repression means that around one and a half million Muslims have fled to neighbouring countries, where sadly however their lives have still not improved.
Ummah Welfare Trust has been working in Burma for 10 years. The charity has rebuilt masjids and madrassahs; constructed homes; sponsored orphans and widows; installed hand pumps; and regularly distributed food provisions.
The charity currently runs an orphanage where both students and teachers are sponsored.
A massive drought is once again devastating the lives of our brothers and sisters in East Africa. Two consecutive dry seasons have resulted in lakes and wells drying-up, and once fertile lands becoming barren.
More than 15 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are today battling hunger and thirst. In Somalia, women and girls are walking as much as 50 kilometres in search for water. If the situation remains, many of them could be facing their second famine in less than a decade.
'Whosoever feeds his brother bread until he is satisfied, and gives him water until he quenches his thirst, Allah will move him away from the fire of Hell by seven trenches; the distance between two trenches is that of 500 years (travelling).'
[Mustadrak al Hakim]
Ummah Welfare Trust has been working through 2016 delivering food to drought-hit families in Ethiopia, North Somalia, Malawi and Sudan. In response to the now worsening situation, the charity has relaunched its appeal to assist even more of our hungry brothers and sisters.
For £100, donors can provide a family with large food provisions and a supply of water (by trucking water to a local water point). Zakah, Sadaqah and Lillah can be given, so be generous and support as many as families as you can.
East Africa is in a state of crisis, with 16 million people on the verge of death. Another 23 million people are in urgent need of food, clean water and medical care. The combined effects of extreme drought and ongoing conflict have caused huge water shortages and plunged communities into devastating food insecurity.
The drought in East Africa has already caused many deaths, mainly of women and children. The UN has identified another 1.4 million children as at risk of losing their lives. Rivers and wells have dried up, crops have failed and farm animals have died, leaving people without food or water. Our partners Human Appeal have a team on the ground and are already responding to this deadly crisis.