FIOE appeals for donations and volunteers to help flood victims

Severe floods have swept through several European regions in the past few weeks, leaving behind extensive suffering and huge losses in the areas affected. After the floodwaters receded in a number of these areas, a tragic picture began to emerge on the extent of damage to homes, shops, amenities, and public and private facilities, as well as infrastructure.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) feels the suffering and difficulties faced by those affected by these floods, unprecedented since 2002. It is painful for one to see their home or source of livelihood suddenly reduced to rubble, or to a state of damage and destruction, and that thousands of families are forced to look for shelter.

The Federation expresses its appreciation for the diverse efforts made by Muslims and their organisations in local communities, in extending a hand of help to those affected, and supporting them during their difficulty, and in taking the initiative in organising voluntary campaigns to remove the debris left behind by the floods.

The Federation also urges Europe’s Muslims and Islamic centres, and the various social, charitable, and youth organisations to engage further in campaigns of donation, and volunteering to provide urgent help to the victims, and to show their solidarity with them in these difficult circumstances.

Brussels, 15 June 2013

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

FIOE warns of the escalation in the tragedy of the Syrian people with some parties implicated in it

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) follows with growing dismay the escalating suffering of the Syrian people, and renews its condemnation of the horrific crimes committed by the ruling regime and its forces, as well as denouncing the international inaction regarding this tragedy continuing into its third year.

The escalating developments on the ground in the different parts of Syria, paint a bleak picture of the suffering of inhabitants, displaced persons, and the country’s future. The Syrian regime has flagrantly continued on its path of murder, destruction, and terror, for the third consecutive year, against its people. Successive reports inform of the use of chemical weapons in a number of locations, serving as indicators of the rising peril to Syrian citizens in this phase.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, especially deplores, the involvement of some parties, particularly the Lebanese Hezbollah, in fighting on the side of the Syrian regime against the people. The Federation draws attention to the fact that any support provided to the Syrian regime and its military forces is gravely immoral, as it contributes to the murder of the Syrian people, and undermines their legitimate demands for liberty, democracy, and human dignity.

The Federation as it renews its solidarity with the Syrian people, and lends support to their aspirations for democratic change and an end to authoritarianism, emphasises the importance of furthering the efforts of solidarity with the Syrian people, as well as providing emergency aid for millions of displaced persons, and inhabitants of affected areas; it also invites the international community to shoulder its responsibility in halting these crimes.

Brussels, 10 June 2013

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)