Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

As the crisis grows and deepens, Islamic Relief continues to support refugees in countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and is also supporting refugees across Europe.

In their search for safety, families are forced to make difficult decisions to attempt to reach Europe, with many thousands of refugees are embarking on perilous sea journeys. Often making the trip toward Europe on flimsy and crowded dinghies, they are risking – and losing – their lives in the attempt. As the crisis grows and deepens, Islamic Relief continues to support refugees in countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and is also supporting refugees across Europe.

Lesvos, Greece

 

    • Over 4,500 hot meals provided in Kara Tepe and Moria refugee camps, and over 7,000 food packs distributed.

 

    • Cultural Mediation to over 37,000 people: Our team’s Arabic and Pushto speakers provide a cultural mediation service, providing advice, translation, maps, and accompanying sick people to hospital and providing general reassurance and support to refugees.

 

    • Cash grants to the most vulnerable: Islamic Relief has distributed cash grants to 55 families in Lesvos.

 

    • Over 4,000 people have been assisted with transportation from Molyvos to where they need to register.

 

    • Supporting the Coastguard by registering and transporting refugees who have been rescued from sea

 

Macedonia/Albania

 

    • The Islamic Relief team in Albania has distributed a number of items in two target areas:
        • 60,000 food parcels
        • 6,000 hygiene kits
        • 6,000 diapers
        • 12,000 blankets
        • 4,000 raincoats

 

Germany

 

    • Used clothing donated through clothes banks, provided to to refugee families, upon request

 

    • Approximately 5,000 Eid gifts, consisting of sweets and toys distributed across 6 cities to children

 

    • Qurbani meat provided to over 1,000 families

 

    • 8,000 hygiene kits distributed to families

 

Italy

 

    • Food parcels provided to 4,000 people in Milan, Rome, Catania, Bolgna and Bolzano

 

    • Cultural mediation services across the island of Sicily

 

    • Provided hot meals with Qurbani meat to over 2,000 refugees on the day of Eid

 

Serbia

 

    • Provision food packs, clothing and hygiene kits to refugees

 

Belgium

 

    • Meals provided to 600 refugees

Support our work. Donate to our Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Appeal now. At a glance:

    • The worst refugee crisis since World War II, according to the UN

 

    • Four million Syrian refugees are living in countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – a figure that continues to rise

 

    • In August, an estimated 2,000 people attempted to reach Greece by sea

 

    • Turkish authorities report their coastguards have rescued more than 42,000 people from the sea so far this year

 

    • Most of those trying to reach safety in Europe are fleeing brutal conflict in Syria

 

    • At least 2,000 people are so far thought to have died at sea so far this year.

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