Local Aid Group to Hold Benefit Dinner- Islamic Relief USA

BURBANK, California (August 24, 2005) – Southern California aid agency

Islamic Relief is hosting a benefit dinner for the victims of the food crisis in

Niger and Mali in West Africa. The event is being co-sponsored by the Islamic

Shura Council of Southern California, an umbrella organization of over 60

Mosques and Islamic Organizations.

Over 5 million people face starvation in Niger and Mali due to the current

crisis, caused by drought and a locust infestation. This includes over 800,000

children, out of which 150,000 might face death unless immediate aid is


Islamic Relief is working on the ground with field offices in both Niger and Mali,

and it aims to help over one million people through food distribution and

medical aid. Islamic Relief representatives who witnessed the crisis first hand

in a recent trip will also be present at the benefit dinner.

In addition to a live feed from an Islamic Relief representative in West Africa,

other speakers at the event include: Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the

Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Dr. Maher Hathout, Senior

Advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Dr. Hatem Bazian, professor

at the University of California, Berkeley.


Humanitarian Benefit Dinner for the

Victims of the Food Crisis in Niger and Mali


Sunday, August 28, 2005

6:00 PM


Embassy Suites Hotel

11767 Harbor Blvd.

Garden Grove, CA 92840


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