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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees appeals for Donations

Israa is a little girl with simple dreams. She lost her parents in the war in Syria, but she calls her aunt and uncle by the names mum and dad. “After Ramadan, comes the Eid…” she told us. “I’d like to get a dress. I’ll get one if dad has enough money. But if he hasn’t, I will simply deal with it. And God will remember the good girl that I am.” – Retrieved from the UNHCR website

This breaks my heart. I wish I could take away the suffering and hardships that our people especially children have to go through every single day. We can’t possibly imagine how it must feel to lose not only one parent but both parents at such a young age. Every single day Zahir and I talk to our children and try to instil humbleness, appreciation for what we have and we literally drill it into our children’s head that they must not under any circumstance mess food. Imagine the punishment we will receive by allowing them to mess food. First world problems hey! But when I think about the children (and adults) trying to live in a world where all they have experienced is suffering makes me want to cry and help.


Did you know?

  • At the end of 2016, nearly 68 million people had been forced out of their homes globally;
  • 76 percent of those were women and children;
  • Every minute nearly 20 people are forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution;
  • Approximately 27.8% of forcibly displaced people are located in the Middle East and North Africa

As Muslims around the globe observe Ramadan, millions of families will experience the holy month in refugee camps, informal settlements, and unfinished buildings, facing dire living conditions with insufficient food or proper shelter.

The alarming rise in personal debt and impoverishment means this Ramadan will be harder for families to put food on the table by the end of the day.

They need our prayers and empathy. When you sitting at your tables about to break your fast please keep the families in your thoughts and prayers.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled persecution or lost their homes. In 1954, UNHCR received the Nobel Peace Prize for its ground-breaking work in Europe. Initially established as a temporary agency, today over 67 years later, UNHCR is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world as forced displacement levels are higher than ever before. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

UNHCR works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. We help to save lives and build better futures for millions forced to flee.


Here’s how you can help. You can dedicate your Sadaqah (donations) to the United Nations Refugee agency here or SMS the word “Ramadan” to 42656 to donate R30.00 to the UNHCR. We can show our love and support by opening our hearts and wallets and donating.

If you have any questions, please leave them below and I’ll do my best to get the information for you.

To get In touch with UNHCR please see their social media links below:

Instagram: @Refugees

Twitter: @Refugees

Facebook: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency


May the Almighty continue to bless this organisation in hopes that they may continue the amazing work. Insha Allah.

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