“ What A Relief Podcast ” 104 : An Introspective Look at the Refugee Crisis in Lesvos

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 104 : An Introspective Look at the Refugee Crisis in Lesvos

In this week’s “What a Relief!” podcast episode, hosts B.C. Dodge and Nouf Samarkandi sit down with representatives from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Vassilis Kerasiotis and Miriam Bensky are the respective Greece Country Director and Senior Development Officer for Institutional Giving for HIAS. They were also joined by IRUSA’s Director of Public Affairs, Christina Tobias-Nahi.

Warmth for Alia’s Family

Warmth for Alia’s Family

“We used to live in a warm house,” Alia told Islamic Relief. “Alhamdulillah, we were happy and grateful to God. However, our lives changed completely after the crisis. It has become a nightmare. We used to eat three meals a day, and now we can’t afford bread.”

Alia is a mother of six who fled Syria seeking refuge from the crisis that destroyed her hometown of Homs. Her last memories of her home are of holding her children in her arms while the sound of bombs filled the air.

Al Bawaba: “The Bombing of Idlib: A Firsthand Account”

Al Bawaba: “The Bombing of Idlib: A Firsthand Account”

The outcome of the Syrian Civil War may be a foregone conclusion by now, but it is far from over.   Idlib
As major outlets turn away from the conflict zone and analysts are beginning to focus their energy on reconstruction, reconciliation and peacebuilding efforts, nearly four million civilians in Idlib, Syria face daily bombing raids and shootings.

Islamic Relief USA Issues Statement About The Recent Bombings in Syria

Islamic Relief USA Issues Statement About The Recent Bombings in Syria

– In the wake of news reports from this past weekend about bombings taking place again in the Idlib provience of Syria that has killed several people, including women and children, Islamic Relief, the largest Muslim-based humanitarian and advocacy organization, has issued a statement. The following first-hand account is from Ahmad Aldamen, senior program official for Islamic Relief who is based in Idlib: 

reliefweb.int: “Islamic Relief USA Donates US$ 2.4 million to support vulnerable refugees in Gaza”

reliefweb.int: “Islamic Relief USA Donates US$ 2.4 million to support vulnerable refugees in Gaza”

Islamic Relief USA (IR USA) generously contributed US$ 2.4 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to support 3,000 vulnerable Palestine refugees in Gaza.

Virginia Grand Iftar Grows

Virginia Grand Iftar Grows

On Saturday, May 19 more than 1,500 people attended Islamic Relief USA’s largest ever Grand-Iftar. The Grand Iftar comes as IRUSA enters its 25th year of engaging in humanitarian advocacy for vulnerable populations in over 40 countries. The event included a 4 course meal overlooking the DC National Harbor. Both CEO Sharif Aly and President Anwar Khan offered endearing remarks about the development of IRUSA from a small operation run out an apartment in California, to a full fledged member of the global humanitarian aid community.