BUENA PARK, CA (July 7, 2006) – In conjunction with the Islamic Center of Southern California, Islamic Relief, an international relief and development organization, is holding a fundraising benefit this Saturday, July 8, to assist the victims of the current food crisis in the Horn of Africa.
More than 30 million people are going hungry across Africa. Over 3.5 million in Kenya, 4.9 million in Malawi, and 1.7 million in Ethiopia are in desperate need of food assistance due to the current drought and depletion of food resources.
Islamic Relief representative Shamiq Hussain, who has visited the affected areas said, “The current drought, which has afflicted the region for over three years, is showing no signs of abating and famine is looming. If we act now, we may be able to prevent countless Kenyans from starving.”
Islamic Relief has allocated an initial budget of $600,000 and has launched a worldwide $10 million appeal to provide emergency assistance for the starving populations in Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Islamic Relief has established offices in all four countries, and our staff is working on the ground to help the affected people in this time of need.
With the food crisis not receiving adequate attention, a United Nations representative said people “are already living on the edge and unless donors respond immediately, we fear for the worst.”
Islamic Relief representative Shamiq Hussain will give a brief presentation about his trip, describing the crisis he witnessed first-hand. Dr. Maher Hathour, Senior Advisor for the Muslim Public Affairs Council will also be speaking at the event.
Benefit Dinner for Victims of Africa Food Crisis
Saturday, July 8
Islamic Center of Southern California
434 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020