Al Qalam Correspondent
Cape Town women are gearing up to send a shipment of aid to assist Syrian refugees on the Turkish/Syrian border by supplying them with much needed food and household items.
The Muslim Judicial Council’s Women’s Forum and the Al Quds Foundation (SA) intend to fill a shipping container with urgently needed donations of food and sanitary supplies to depart for Turkey on Sunday, 25th February.
The war in Syria is in its 7th year and has culminated in the worst humanitarian disaster in over half-a-century. More than five million Syrians have become refugees, according to the United Nations (UN). Some argue that the scale of the crisis even surpasses World War II.
MJC Women’s Forum & Al Quds Foundation Member, Khursheed Allie said: “I was there in 2017 and saw first-hand the refugee camps filled with women and children who don’t know if their husbands or fathers are alive and now have to fend for themselves. It’s heartbreaking.”
Drop off points are the following:
Fatima Achmat 63 Fourie Road, Bellville South 082 741 9599 ; Adeeba Sha 17 Mandel Road, Newfields 082 255 7062 ; Darul Islam Haafieth School 01 Wilhelmus Rd, Surrey Estate 082 460 5689; Gabeba Khan 28 Cashel Ave, Crawford, Athlone 083 709 6344; Shareefa Voght 4 Thomas Close, Grassy Park 072 262 5330; Faeza Rassier 74 Beaufort Street, Goodwood 082 854 6266; Gafeesas Fisheries Clock tower, Lentegeur / Merrydale Rd, Portlands / Park Rd, Rocklands 082 532 2103; Mohamedeyah Primary School 103 Batts Road, Wynberg 021 797 8047.
*Please contact the respective contacts before dropping any goods.
Items required for the aid container are: Tuna, jam, baby food sachets, baby milk powder; baby and adult nappies, sanitary packs that include sanitary pads, panty liners, razors, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, underarm spray or roll on, wheelchairs, under felt, and tent covers. NO clothing items will be accepted .
What are the cash donations used for? The money raised for this campaign will be used to pay for shipping costs including overland freight, customs and other admin expenses.
What will happen to the container after it leaves Cape Town? The ship will leave after 25th February 2018 from the shores of Cape Town and will take approximately one month to reach Turkey. Members of the IHH Humanitarian Relief Organization in Turkey will journey by vehicle to the various villages and refugee camps to distribute the aid to those who need it the most – namely Kilis, Urfa, Reyhanli.
“Can you imagine as a mother, barrowing into the snow with your bare hands to seek shelter for your children from the rain, snow and cold? Or even looking after your elderly parents and children but all you have is the clothes on your back? This is the everyday reality of these refugees. It is our duty to support those who do not have and hence we ask everyone to donate as much as possible so that we can serve humanity,” Allie concluded.
For more information on the aid shipment, contact Khursheed Allie on 079 739 4654 or Gafsa Wilson 082 532 2103