Indonesia Tsunami Emergency

Indonesia Tsunami Emergency

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‘On the authority of An-Nu’man ibn Basheer, the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever”’. (Bukhari)

On Friday 28th September, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake followed by a powerful tsunami devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. More than 2,000 people were killed and over 300,000 were left homeless. Homes, schools and mosques were left completely flattened.

Not only did survivors lose family members and friends, but also their homes and all their possessions. This tragedy was a huge blow for a country that have only recently started recovering from the long-term effects of the devastating tsunami of 2004

Muslim Hands teams were active on the ground within 48 hours of the disaster being reported. We distributed emergency relief including food parcels, cooked meals, water and essentials such as nappies and sanitary towels to desperate families in need.

Now, we are working on rebuilding affected communities. We have set up temporary classrooms made up of UN-quality tents for children to continue their education and are currently building sturdy shelter homes for victims of the tsunami.

‘I will never see her again’: Anwar’s Story

When Anwar’s father left his home to pray maghrib at the local mosque on Friday 28th September, he did not know that would be the last time he would see his wife. Their family home was just one of those reduced to a pile of rubble when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

It’s feared that over 700 people, including Anwar’s mother, are still buried underneath the rubble in the village of Petobo, one of the worst affected areas. Survivors describe the quake as like being in a blender and watching the earth swallow up homes, people and even a whole main road in seconds.

Anwar and his father are still trying to make sense of what happened. Anwar had been in Makassar at the time of the earthquake and had spoken to his mother on the telephone just before.

Now, not only will he never speak to her again, but he can’t even find her body to be buried. He has lost everything except the clothes on his back, but nothing can compare to the loss of his beloved mother.

Our brothers and sisters in Indonesia have only just recovered from the devastating 2004 tsunami. Now, their lives have been turned upside down once again. 

How you helped victims of the tsunami

Your donations have:

Provided 25,200 cooked meals to tsunami victims

Ensured that nearly 8,000 people received everyday essentials

Set up temporary classrooms to enable children to continue their education

Provided nearly 1,700 food parcels to families affected by the tsunami

Helped re-build homes for tsunami victims who lost all their belongings

Helped build a mosque that will serve as a focal point for the local community

Donate now to relieve their suffering


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