Remembering the refugee lives lost ahead of UN Refugees Summit
Islamic Relief, alongside ActionAid, arranged for a striking installation in central London aiming to highlight the refugee crisis and lives lost.
Just over a year since the death of Alan Kurdi, the lifejackets installation was placed on Vauxhall beach to highlight the plight of thousands who have been forced to flee war-torn countries and make perilous journeys across the Mediterranean ocean in the past 12 months.
Imran Madden, Director of Islamic Relief UK, said: “I have seen for myself the exhaustion and desperation of Syrian refugees arriving on the shores of Greece after risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean. We all have a moral obligation to offer protection to those fleeing war by welcoming them into our country and our communities.”
This occurs just a week before the UN Refugees Summit in New York, where world leaders address the unfolding global forced migration crisis with an aim to bring countries together for a more humane and coordinated approach.
Islamic Relief is publishing a hard-hitting report to coincide with the UN summit. Entitled ‘Invisible Lives’, it highlights the plight of Syrian refugee women struggling to keep hope alive and provide for their families in Lebanon and Iraq. A combination of chronic underfunding, lack of employment, limited education provision and gender-based violence has made refugee camps feel more like prison camps for some of the women wd interviewed. The recommendations of the report include increased funding for employment and education projects as well as more action to address violence against women within refugee camps. We hope the report will shine a light on the challenges facing women refugees and help ensure thst they get more support from the international community.
You can get involved in our refugees campaign and stand #WithRefugees. Join Islamic Relief and 70+ organisations at the Solidarity with Refugees march this Sunday (17th March) in London to call for a world where refugees are always welcomed, where people on the move are treated with dignity.