Deliver Zakat-ul-Fitr to Global Refugees Living in Poverty

The world has experienced the highest increase of refugees in the last decade. This Ramadan, Global Zakat-ACT endeavors to distribute zakat-ul-fitr to a million refugees.

Palestinian family living in poverty
Anwar Salem Shaheen's family who live in poverty in Palestine. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - The number of global refugees has increased every year. Even in mid-2020, UNHCR recorded that more than 80 million people around the world had to flee due to conflict, persecution, human rights violations, and violence. Today, humanity witnesses the highest rate of displacement, including 26.3 million refugees, 45.7 million asylum seekers and 45.7 million internally displaced persons.

In this year’s Ramadan, in its official statement, UNHCR calls on global society to provide greater support to refugees and internally displaced persons. It is recorded that about 85 percent of the world's refugees are accommodated in low to middle-income countries.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, these countries are facing the challenges of a financial crisis and fragile health systems. Due to the pandemic, refugees lost their livelihoods, and eventually fall into extreme poverty.

“At this time of deep reflection and generosity, our solidarity with the world’s forcibly displaced is needed more than ever. In the spirit of solidarity during the Holy Month, I’m appealing for greater support for vulnerable people,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Monday (12/4/2021).

In this Ramadan, Global Zakat-ACT strives to ease the burden on refugees in several countries with a high number of refugees. The zakat-ul-Fitr program for refugees will reach eight countries affected by humanitarian crisis: Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (for the Rohingyas), Lebanon, Turkey and Somalia. []