Who is Hussain? has this week launched a call for action and support for the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families affected by the worsening refugee crisis.
Europe is facing its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, with more than 300,000 people risking their lives this year attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Over 2,600 didn’t survive this perilous journey, and for those that did they continued their journey exhausted and scared – facing indignity, exploitation and danger along the way. At least a quarter of those seeking refuge in Europe are children, many of whom are arriving alone without parents or family members.
Who is Hussain? welcomes the robust response from leaders of the international community, including David Cameron, who yesterday committed to resetting 20,000 refugees over the course of this Parliament. Whilst such measures represent a promising start, we urge all world leaders to do all that is in their power to alleviate the atrocious conditions refugees find themselves in.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those families who have lost loved ones“, Ali, a spokesman for Who is Hussain?, said. “The heartbreaking image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi brought home to many the horrific reality of the suffering endured, but sadly this will not be the last appalling image to shock the nation as the refugee crisis worsens. Shock and anger however is not enough – Britain and other European nations are facing a moment of truth, with a test of our humanity – now is the time to act. In these difficult circumstances we remember the saying of Hussain ibn Ali: “The most generous person is the one who offers aid to those who do not expect him to help.”‘
Who is Hussain? urges individuals to move from sadness into action by offering prayers and practical assistance. By:
- Giving: Help protect these children through the provision of essential services – including shelter, healthcare, food and education. Who is Hussain? is fundraising £10,000 for Save the Children to ensure that those in need have access to care and support. To donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Who-is-Hussain.
- Providing: Help support families and children by providing the essentials needed by those in refugee camps and settlements by donating items such as sleeping bags, clothing items and cooking utensils. For a list of collection points, please visit https://www.facebook.com/WhoIsHussain.
- Praying: Join fellow supporters for a vigil organised by Citizens UK at 7pm on Tuesday 8 September outside Westminster Cathedral, to remember those who have died escaping war and its consequences, to recognise the plight of those in refugee camps and to pray for their safety.
- Campaigning: Contact your local MP (www.writetothem.com) urging them to speak up in Parliament in support of resettling more refugees, alongside writing to your local councillors asking them to commit to resettling them in your local area. If you are outside the UK, please write to your local politician to urge them to encourage your government to support the refugees in any way they can.
Notes to editors
- Who is Hussain? (whoishussain.org) is a non-profit organisation formed in 2012 which raises awareness about an inspiring man called Hussain ibn Ali, who lived in Arabia 1400 years ago.
- Hussain gave his life and the lives of his friends and family fighting a tyrannical oppressor. The organisation believes his outstanding story of compassion and self-sacrifice warrants a place in modern society. Hussain was also the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
- Who is Hussain? has over 65 representatives in dozens of cities around the globe. Each city organises charitable events around the year, serving the local population in the name of Hussain.
- The organisation has no political or religious leaning. It is run by volunteers whose aim is to contribute to the betterment of their local community in honour of Hussain ibn Ali.
- The Who is Hussain? UK branch has a strong history of community service, which includes feeding the homeless, supporting the elderly and other charitable events.
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