UK Politics

Labour Party: Eid message

News   •   Sep 10, 2010 13:49 BST

Shadow International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander MP, has reminded people to remember those suffering in humanitarian crises in Pakistan and Niger at the same time as Muslims across Britain and the world celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan.

He said:

“Eid is a very special time for Muslims across the UK, and all over the world – but as well as being a time for celebration, Eid is also a time for thoughtfulness, prayer and generosity.

“In common with Muslims across Britain, the situation of those suffering in places like Pakistan and Niger are foremost in many people’s minds.

“I am proud that once again the British people, including the Muslim community, have shown great thoughtfulness and generosity in responding to the humanitarian disaster in Pakistan – with over £47 million raised for the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal.

“At the same time, millions continue to be affected by a double disaster of a food crisis and flooding in the Sahel – in particular in Niger. They are also in need of our support.

“I would urge Muslims and non-Muslims alike, if they haven’t already donated - to consider supporting the appeals for Pakistan and Niger at this special time.

“Eid Mubarak.”


You can donate to the DEC appeal for Pakistan by visiting www.dec.org.uk

Agencies like www.oxfam.org.uk are running individual appeals for Niger. A full listing is also available at www.dec.org.uk.