SA Muslims help Gazans on eve of Ramadan

2010-08-13 00:00

MEMBERS of Interpal, a United Kingdom-based organisation helping Palestinians in need, and volunteer activists from South Africa, London, Bahrain, Belgium, Holland, Yemen and Algeria have accompanied a European medical aid convoy to the Gaza Strip.

Abdullah Saeed, a Pietermaritzburg man who has been in telephone contact with the South Africans involved in the Middle Eastern mission, said the convoy has delivered much-needed medical equipment, medical supplies and 47 ambulances and specially adapted vans for use by the disabled,

“The group did a lot of field work. The convoy was named ‘Miles for Smiles’ and was organised by Interpal and Partners for Peace and Development for Palestinians. The convoy is part of Interpal’s ongoing efforts to support the people of Palestine with desperately needed humanitarian aid,” said Saeed.

Interpal liaises with other charities and local partners in order to maximise efforts and to avoid duplication and has established a field office in Gaza.

“Speaking … to Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks, the president of the Muslim Judicial Council and Al Quds Foundation South Africa, of Cape Town, while he was in Gaza yesterday with the convoy, the true spirit of the group was revealed,” said Saeed.

“Moulana Hendricks was very emotional about the plight of the Gazans.”

Saeed said the group is happy to be with the people of Gaza on the eve of Ramadan.

He quoted Hendricks saying that the people of Gaza “deserve more, and what a feeling to be here with them. Thanks to all that made this possible. It is hot, but the spirits and feeling are too good.”

“Gazans are very grateful that they have not been forgotten,” said Saeed.

“We all need to join the increasing chorus of voices and contribute to the global movements that are striving to ensure that human rights, justice and peace are attained for all regardless of colour, creed or nationality.”

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