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IR Germany sets goals to assist refugees

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Islamic Relief (IR) Germany are running a comprehensive emergency response project to deal with the massive surge of refugees migrating to the country from Syria, the Balkan states and parts of the Middle East and Africa. The influx has been described as the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, with over 500 000 people having made the journey thus far.

Almost 2000 families have been able to benefit from IR Germany’s operations, with the organisation working hard towards a goal of distributing 24 000 hygiene packs, more than 21 000 packages of Qurbani meat and 8 000 Eid gifts for refugee children over a three month period. At the same time, IR has also sought to aid 2 400 people by providing clothing, shoes and toys for children.

“This all reflects our first phase of response to this emergency, which has been planned to be implemented over three months. But actually our long-term plan is to move into a rehabilitation phase for long-term support and integration of refugees,” said the organisation’s director in Germany, Dr. Mahmoud Almadhoun.

In addition, IR is also set to focus its effort towards providing mental and psychological health support to traumatised refugees, as well as programmes that would better assist them in integrating within German society. The language barrier seen as one of the most important challenges facing refugees at present.

“What we are doing now is conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, together with all relevant stakeholders. As a humanitarian organisation we are interested in playing an important role to integrate these people, because without it they will not be able to live in the country for the long-term, or be of use for human resources,” he stated.

With most of the refugees making the migration being of an Islamic background, Almadhoun said IR were possibly the best contact point to try and assist them. It was also beneficial in the sense that the organisation could add value in a cultural and language context towards the refugees.

“They express a high level of happiness, and they were really very thankful and happy towards Islamic Relief Germany,” he declared.

To donate towards Islamic Relief, visit http://www.islamic-relief.org or the organisation’s German branch at http://www.islamicrelief.de/kontakt/ (website in German) VOC (Mubeen Banderker)


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