Ethiopia’s raging conflict resulted in more than 25,300 refugees crossing into Sudan from Ethiopia’s Tigray region in the past week. As deadly fighting between Tigray forces and federal government troops intensifies. The clashes poured beyond Ethiopia’s borders and threatened to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. Over half of the 25,300 people seeking refuge are children. Who travelled for days to escape the raging conflict. UNHCR said over 5,000 refugees arrived in Sudan’s border provinces on Sunday. The highest single-day number of arrivals from the start of the conflict in Tigray. Thousands of refugees arrived without any means of surviving. The Islamic Relief team on the ground warns if urgent life-saving action is not taken this could lead to a public health crisis, such as the spread of cholera. The refugees need urgent assistance with food and purified water. Islamic Relief is appealing to you to give generously so that we can provide emergency support to those in need.
Flooding has devastated Sudan and South Sudan. A state of emergency has been declared in Sudan, and more than 1,000,000 people have been affected across both countries, with some 100,000 homes destroyed. Our Islamic Relief teams there tell us that the need is great, and we are appealing to you–our compassionate donors– to give generously so that we can get urgent aid to those in need.
And beyond floods, swarms of locusts have also hit areas across Africa, East Africa specifically, threatening harvests and crops that millions of people rely on for food. The Food and Agriculture Organization notes that the infestation of locusts combined with the coronavirus pandemic could potentially lead to an almost unprecedented humanitarian crisis. This, of course, is on top of threats of famine and flooding that are already putting thousands of families at risk.
Islamic Relief teams are on the ground, working hard to bring relief to those in need. The only way this can happen is through your support and donations.
The Islamic Relief global family has been providing emergency relief and integrated programming to families in need across Africa since 1984, starting with a call to provide humanitarian aid to Sudan.
Since then, Islamic Relief has established a presence in 16 African countries, with field staff on the ground to address needs quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
From addressing poor water and sanitation access, to providing solutions that tackle food insecurity and malnutrition, to alleviating poverty and difficulties faced by orphans, and to sending urgent aid during emergencies, Islamic Relief donors continue their humanitarian legacy in the service of our sisters and brothers across Africa.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country, and is also home to the second highest number of refugee and asylum seekers in Africa.
Half of Malawi’s population lives below the poverty line. They struggle to acquire clean water, food, education, and quality healthcare. Women and children are especially vulnerable.
Niger remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Frequent droughts, high illiteracy, disease, and widespread poverty are big challenges in securing the country’s economic development.
Although South Africa is one of Africa’s most developed countries, the country is still recovering from the long-term effects brought on by previous apartheid.
The humanitarian situation in Sudan—home to one of the decade’s most notable humanitarian crises in Darfur—continues to worsen.
Islamic Relief’s long legacy of humanitarian work extends beyond the countries listed above. Here is more information about other countries in Africa that have been positively impacted by the generosity of donors like you.