Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim-based humanitarian and advocacy organization that works in more than 40 countries, dedicated its 2018 #GivingTuesday campaign to raising funds and awareness to the long-standing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Recent media reports indicated that more than 80,000 children may have died since bombings started in the Middle Eastern country in 2015. The United Nations has declared Yemen to be the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”  The UN also reports that some 14 million could soon face starvation.

ISLAMIC RELIEF USE CEO CALLS FOR COMPASSION FOR YEMEN

“The news reports and images of human suffering in Yemen are nothing short of heartbreaking and inexcusable,” said Sharif Aly, CEO of Islamic Relief USA. “As a compassionate society, one of the ways we can show that we care and make a difference is by giving on this day, especially through financial contributions, since they can provide the resources and flexibility to help as many people as possible. We cannot let people who are facing immense hardships and suffering be neglected.”

CASCADING CHALLENGES RESULT IN SUFFERING

Yemen is experiencing several problems, including famine, cholera and food shortages. To illustrate the scale of suffering, Islamic Relief provides as a smaller-scale example of Yemen having 100 people. Of those 100 residents:

*80 need aid to survive.
*60 barely have anything to eat.
*58 have no access to clean water.
*52 have no access to health care.
*11 are severely malnourished.

ISLAMIC RELIEF USA IS PROVIDING AID IN YEMEN

Islamic Relief has launched projects to help stifle these crises. Our work includes distributing food packages in the Hodeidah province. For the past year, IRUSA has worked with Catholic Relief Services to address the cholera epidemic. More contributions are still needed to continue making progress.

For more information, click the following link: http://irusa.org/yemen/

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Syed M. Hassan

media@irusa.org or
(703) 370-7246 (landline)
(571) 421-7032 (cell)

 

XXX

Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.

Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.