MJC Women’s Forum collects baby items for Syrian refugees

The Muslim Judicial Council’s (SA) Women’s Forum continues to ease the plight of the Syrian refugees, this time filling a second shipping container with baby items.

Earlier this year, the MJC Women’s Forum was able to accompany the Conscious Convoy – an all women convoy aimed at creating awareness to the suffering of women illegally imprisoned in Syrian jails and undergoing horrendous torture including rape as a form of blackmail. Whilst experiencing the first-hand accounts of these victims and observing the dire situation of refugees and the unfathomable persecution of Syrian women under the hand of the Syrian government, the Women’s Forum aimed to intensify their efforts in easing the plight of Syrians affected by the war.
“We cannot look away and pretend all will be well. The war continues. The suffering of civilians, including babies and children, continues; and so should our efforts in South Africa,” said MJC Women’s Forum chairperson, Mualima Khadija Patel-Allie.
The project dubbed, #CTWomen4Syria – and supported by the Turkish relief organisation The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) – aims to collect baby items only in the form of baby formula and nappies.
“IHH conducted a survey in the various refugee camps and these goods were the most basic necessities that are urgently needed at the various refugee camps,” Mualima Patel-Allie continued.
For those who are not able to drop off items, we kindly request you to assist us with cash donations. Banking details: Muslim Judicial Council (SA), alBaraka Bank Athlone, Cheque Account, Account no. 786 002 02803, Branch Code: 800000, Ref: Syria. 
For further details on drop-off points for donated items, kindly contact the MJC offices on 021 684 4600.
The first container, dispatched on 06 March 2018 is set to arrive on the shores of Tukey by 20 April 2018. A delegation from the MJC Women’s Forum will be assisting with the distribution of these items upon arrival at the refugee camps.