Young Newham fundraisers set to support Syrian refugees on humanitarian trip
PUBLISHED: 16:29 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 24 February 2017
Two young friends who plan to give life-saving packages to Syrian children and women at refugee camps have appealed for support.
Anas Khan, 21, from Plaistow, and Yasin Mubarak Ali, 23, from East Ham, will deliver food parcels, blankets and hygiene kits to people at Azraq and Mafraq camps in Jordan next month with humanitarian charity Al-Imdaad Foundation UK.
For Islamic Studies teacher, Anas, the opportunity is about helping “everyone irrespective of any colour or creed”.
“That is what mainstream Islam is about,” the uncle-of-two said, adding that seeing children in need “might hit me hard”.
“I am going to see the reality, I am partly excited but nervous,” he said.
Anas and Yasin, who have been friends for four years, are asking for donations of £25 per food parcel, £10 per blanket, £10 per hygiene kit and £1,600 for a new shelter home.
Their expenses will be paid by themselves so they are looking to raise about £5,000 for the basic necessities that they will give out.
Yasin previously visited Zaatari in 2014 and described the experience as “emotional”.
“What I saw in there mentally affected me,” he said.
“It was very manic. People were fighting over these food parcels.
“You had mothers pulling and shoving. You can imagine how desperate they were for food.”
The Islamic musician says the experience initially stopped him from going back until now but he felt the support was needed.
“There are people who are watching on TV all these children and women suffering, and they sit there and say ‘I wish we can do something’,” he said. “I feel that I am this wish for them.”
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