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Barking Muslim women donate hampers to refuge

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 April 2016

Samina Siddiqi, Rehana Ahmed, Siemah Ahmad, Maniha Ahmad of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association donated 57 bags of food and toiletries to the Women Refuge Centre in Essex and east London

Samina Siddiqi, Rehana Ahmed, Siemah Ahmad, Maniha Ahmad of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association donated 57 bags of food and toiletries to the Women Refuge Centre in Essex and east London

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A group of Muslim ladies have donated 57 hampers of food and toiletries to women's refuges to try and help those in need get a fresh start.

The Barking branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association joined forces with groups in Redbridge and Walthamstow to hand over the provisions to a pair of local refuges on Thursday.

Part of a nationwide Ahmadiyya campaign, From Lajna with Love, group member Siemah Ahmad, 37, hopes the packages will help make a difference to the lives of women forced to leave home.

“We’re a Muslim organisation so it’s really, really important for us to take care of our neighbours, so we try and help those around us who are suffering,” she said.

“The women [in the refuges] may have fled their homes and need a lot of help and support, and may not have been able to take any belongings.

“It’s only a start but hopefully the hampers can help them out on the road to a new life.”

The group meets every Sunday in Gascoigne Community Hall, in St Ann’s, from 6.30pm and also holds workshops during the week.

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