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Relief organisation, Muslim Hands South Africa is inviting all to the very first night walk for Syria, aptly titled ‘Shine for Syria’. The aim of the initiative is directed toward creating awareness about the plight of the millions of Syrians who have been killed, injured and displaced in a war that has ravaged the region. This as human rights bodies have in their throngs condemned the lack of assistance afforded to displaced Syrian refugees who have travelled life-threatening journeys seeking refuge in Europe.

The Syria conflict has rebalanced regional axes of power in the Middle East while reshaping the physical landscape of the once iconic Syria. Photo: Getty Images
The Syria conflict has rebalanced regional axes of power in the Middle East while reshaping the physical landscape of the once iconic Syria. Photo: Getty Images

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of total persons of concern stands at least 4,807,700. This figure includes 2.1 million Syrians registered by UNHCR in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, 2.7 million Syrians registered by the Government of Turkey, as well as more than 29,000 Syrian refugees registered in North Africa.

The iconic photo that clearly showed the global community how swiftly the war had impacted besieged Syrians, where residents of Syria's Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, in the south of Damascus, were left once again displaced. Image source: UNRWA
The iconic photo that clearly showed the global community how swiftly the war had impacted besieged Syrians, where residents of Syria’s Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, in the south of Damascus, were left once again displaced. Image source: UNRWA

Speaking to VOC’s Breakfast Beat, Muslim Hands Nabeela Ryklief explains that the walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 26, 2016, from 20:00 to 22:00. The walk will begin at the Mouille Point Light House ending at the Sea Point Pavilion swimming pool.

Participants are encouraged to keep with the theme of the walk, Shine for Syria, and don themselves in brightly coloured or neon clothes while shining glow-sticks.

People gather at a mass burial for the victims purportedly killed during an artillery barrage from Syrian forces in Houla. Photo: Shaam News
People gather at a mass burial for the victims purportedly killed during an artillery barrage from Syrian forces in Houla. Photo: Shaam News

Registration costs R250 and once registered all participants are given a registration pack that includes a collection list.

Ryklief confirmed that all funds will be sent to Syria and will be used for education, healthcare, shelter and food.

For more information, visit: https://muslimhands.org.za/events/2016/shine-for-syria

A general view shows a damaged street with sandbags used as barriers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district. Photo: Hosam Katan
A general view shows a damaged street with sandbags used as barriers in Aleppo’s Saif al-Dawla district. Photo: Hosam Katan

 

More on the event here: https://www.facebook.com/MuslimHandsSA/videos/1189758461061297/

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