Ahmadiyya extends humanitarian support to Jabang flood victims

Dec 16, 2022, 9:59 AM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat through its Humanity First Charity Organization, Wednesday extended humanitarian aid to 50 Jabang families that were affected by the July countrywide flood.

The beneficiaries received each a bag of rice, a gallon of oil, half a bag of onion, clothes and other valuable items to improve their living condition.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony held at the Jabang Estate, Amir Baba Trawally explained that as a result of the disaster that happened throughout the country on July 30 and 31, the Jamat deemed it necessary to visit Jabang and extend humanitarian support to the needy families. 

“When this happened, we wrote a letter to the supreme head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya and he has extended his prayers to the victims and the country. This is what Islam is all about: assisting the needy, poor and vulnerable.”

Amir Trawally added that people should continue assisting the needy according to the teachings of the Quran and practices of the Prophet (SAW). He continued that people should be generous to their neighbours regardless of their background and religious beliefs, saying humanity is one and diversity is a blessing.

“Having different beliefs shouldn’t make us quarrelling; instead we should be uniting for the development of the country. The government is trying in all development and social areas but cannot do it alone because of limited resources.”

Amir reiterated that the Jamat has spent over D357,500 to support victims of the recent flood across the country.

Momodou B.K Ceesay, regional disaster coordinator for West Coast Region (WCR), expressed delight and extended appreciation to the Jamat for supporting the victims of Jabang. He said the community suffered a lot during the flood that destroyed several communities.

“This is a good gesture because we believe government alone cannot do it all. A huge number of our population was affected during the flood. In 2022, West Coast Region has got 2,236 affected families, including more than 27,190 people.”

Nuha S. Barrow, a beneficiary, applauded the initiative while urging the government to have a lasting solution to the unavailability of waterways within the community, which he said was the reason for the flood.

“If we don’t have proper waterways, then the flood will continue. If the flood is solved, then we wouldn’t be needing support. As of now, many people have lost their belongings and the water is still in our environment.”

Among other speakers were Alkalo Gibril Colley and beneficiary Isatou Gassama, who expressed similar sentiments while calling for more support from donor organizations and the government.