From the start of its independence from India in 1947, Pakistan has faced a raft of problems associated with poverty which still exist today. Terrorism within the country has added to Pakistan’s problems, perpetuating a negative image to the outside world. A severe water shortage, unemployment and an energy crisis are just a few of the added challenges facing people in Pakistan. Health care is mostly poor and the country has had to absorb huge numbers of refugees from Afghanistan. A donation to Ummah Relief International will help us deliver fresh Qurbani meat to the poor during Eid-al-Adha.
Dubbed ‘boat people’ by the world’s media, the minority Rohingya people of Myanmar (Burma) are at the center of a mass migration crisis which was first identified early in 2015.
Persecuted for being Muslim, they have fled in their tens of thousands to Southeast Asia. Some have ended up forgotten people, living in poverty in refugee camps. At the mercy of human traffickers, others have been abandoned at sea in poorly maintained or capsizing boats. Those who survive the journey to reach distant shores find themselves shunned by unsympathetic nations and left to drift, with no where to go, on the open seas. Their story is one of a daily battle to survive. Their suffering is unimaginable, and they are most deserving of a Qurbani donation.
At least twenty-eight per cent of Lebanon’s population is classed as ‘poor’, with eight per cent deemed to be living in extreme poverty. At least 350,000 of them are Syrian refugees. Poverty rates in Beirut are below six per cent, but are as high as 53 per cent in the North of the country. Official studies have identified 29 per cent of Bekaa’s population as living below the poverty line. Poverty is also prevalent in the South, as well as in Nabatieh and Mouth Lebanon.
One of the poorest countries in Europe, Albania is blighted by poverty. Around 7.5 per cent of the 3.2 million population is living in extreme poverty, according to official statistics. The struggle to put food on the table is a daily problem. Those living in rural and mountainous areas are especially poor and are living below the $2 a day poverty level.
A staggering ten per cent of the population in Kashmir is estimated to be living in poverty. Economic growth in the territory has been thwarted by a long campaign of militant violence, first reported 17 years ago in 1989. It is thought that more than 200,000 children have been left orphans in Kashmir, many through poverty. Hunger is a major issue and why Ummah Relief International carries out meat distribution in Kashmir. A donation to Ummah Relief International will help us deliver fresh Qurbani meat to the poor during Eid-al-Adha.
The economic boom that has put India among the world’s top ten richest nations has not wiped out poverty. Far from it. In New Delhi men queue for free food handouts and in rural areas only three out of every ten people have access to clean water. It is in rural areas that an estimated 70 per cent of India’s 1.2 billion population lives. It is believed that more than 1,600 people die each day in India from diarrhea alone. A donation to Ummah Relief International will help us deliver fresh Qurbani meat to the poor during Eid-al-Adha.
While Turkey struggles to address long-running poverty issues of its own, including illiteracy, it has become a host nation to at least 2.5 million Syrian refugees. Around 220,000 refugees are being provided shelter in 22 camps, close to the border with Syria. The remaining refugees, scattered around the country, are said to be facing destitution. Turkey has been overwhelmed by the influx of refugees and is struggling to cope. A donation to Ummah Relief International will help us deliver fresh Qurbani meat to the poor during Eid-al-Adha.
Entire cities have been reduced to rubble in conflict-torn Syria. Syrians now make up the world’s largest population of refugees. More than 6.6 million people have been internally displaced, with a further 4.4 million taking shelter in neighboring countries and over a million seeking refuge in Europe. It is the largest movement of people since the Second World War and a crisis of such magnitude that urgent help is required right now to stop terrible suffering and further deaths. A donation to Ummah Relief International will help us deliver fresh Qurbani meat to the refugees during Eid-al-Adha.
In the worst recorded act of genocide since the Second World War, more than 80 per cent of Muslims in Bosnia were slaughtered when war erupted in the Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Between April 1992 and 1995, when the final ceasefire was negotiated in the United States, the deaths of 100,000 people were reported. Most of those killed were Muslims. A donation to Ummah Relief International will help us deliver fresh Qurbani meat to poverty-stricken Bosnians during Eid-al-Adha.