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Charity Muslim Aid launches appeal in Barking and Dagenham to raise money for Indonesian earthquake survivors

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 October 2018

Somsul Islam from Muslim Aid. Pic: MUSLIM AID

Somsul Islam from Muslim Aid. Pic: MUSLIM AID

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An appeal for help has been launched to raise money for the survivors of the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami.

The charity Muslim Aid called for donations from Barking and Dagenham following the 7.4 magnitude quake on the island of Sulawesi which triggered 20 foot high waves and claimed the lives of 1,948 people.

The charity has a collection planned at the Hedgecock Community Centre in Stephen Jewers Gardens, Barking, this Friday, but has called on venues across the borough to get involved in its urgent fundraising.

Somsul Islam, community and fundraising officer for London, said: “British people have always responded generously to such catastrophes in the past.

“We care for those less fortunate than ourselves in this country.

“At the moment, Hedgecock is the only centre that has offered to help. We hope other individuals, community centres and mosques will respond to our call.”

Mr Islam, 40, said all centres needed to do was register an interest on Muslim Aid’s website.

The tsunami resulted in waves crashing onto the coast of Sulawesi destroying thousands of homes and causing devastation around its provincial capital, Palu, and along the coastline, leaving Donggala and other cities in ruins and without power. 

According to the Whitechapel-based charity, 191,000 people are urgently in need of aid including food, water, and medicine.

It hopes to raise £200,000 after smashing its original £120,000 target after a few days. 

Muslim Aid’s Fadlullah Wilmot, who recently returned from the quake hit Indonesian island of Lombok wrecked by five quakes in the summer, said: “I don’t have words for what the people have suffered. I didn’t expect to be returning to Indonesia so soon for another emergency, and one so terrifying.”

The charity has teamed up with an Indonesian charity to support the aid organisation Global Medic as it searches for survivors, delivers water purification tablets and emergency kits.

Ms Wilmot said: “Our strong in-country office and partner organisations will do everything we can to support those traumatised by this tsunami.”

It is possible to donate online or call Muslim Aid on 020 7377 4200.

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