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March 24, 2022

Ramadan 2022 – Osama’s Story

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has taken the lives of tens of thousands and has left more than 21 million people in dire need of humanitarian aid.The state of not knowing where their next meal will come from in a country already crippled by conflict is sadly now on the brink of famine.

Seven years of conflict have destroyed millions of lives and left the country’s infrastructure and economy in ruins. Hospitals and schools have been bombed and half of the country’s health facilities have shut down. Unemployment is rising and the cost of food and essential supplies has spiralled out of reach for poor families.

“I left the school for ever to join the labor market. I did that because I’m the breadwinner of the family. I became the only one shouldering the responsibility of sustaining my family when my father had passed away” 19-year-old Osama Hussain al Najjar was forced to become a daily wage worker and the breadwinner of his family consisting of six persons. He has no guarantee where his work will be and has no assurance whether he will be able to cater to the needs of his family. His situation resembles the millions facing the same circumstances as him.

“I had to leave my education and start working hard to meet the basic necessities of my family so that they don’t lack food, as food shortage will reflect a negative impact on them, and they will consequently be acutely malnourished and awfully sick”.This is the sad reality in Yemen where the opportunities for success is far apart and the livelihoods of the younger generation is based upon their continuous search for food.

“The food basket we are receiving today from Islamic Relief is really helpful, and it plays a main role of providing a meal for my family during Ramadan”. Islamic Relief has gone to great miles to ensure that your contribution counts where the need is greatest. The contribution of every donor has given a smile and hope to the millions who are starving and facing severe form of poverty. Osama al Najjar can testify to the assistance that your contribution has done to his family. Your generosity will lead to greater support and much needed positivity in Yemen, making them know that we care for the wellbeing of their livelihoods.

Contribute to create hope in Yemen and help Islamic Relief make a difference in the lives of the millions suffering worldwide.

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