About the Situation
By the Numbers
Some of Islamic Relief’s Major Emergency Response Campaigns:
Bosnia, conflict, 1990s
Ethiopia, droughts, 2001-2003
Indonesia, tsunami, 2004
U.S. Gulf Region, Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Haiti, earthquake, 2010
Pakistan, floods, 2010
Egypt, political unrest, 2011
Libya, conflict, 2011
Japan, earthquake and tsunami, 2011
Alabama, tornadoes, 2011
East Africa, drought, 2011
Syria, political unrest, 2011
Turkey, earthquake, 2011
Iran, earthquake, 2012
Myanmar, humanitarian crisis, 2012
Texas, tornadoes, 2012
West Africa, food shortage, 2012
Disasters—whether natural or man-made—strike with unyielding fervor, leveling everything in their paths and destroying life, property and livelihood. They wreak havoc on the poor, who are often defenseless against their coming and are pushed further into poverty after they leave. They affect countless people each year, striking when least expected and leaving when little is left.
If it seems as though disasters are striking more often than before, United Nations data support this observation. The United Nation’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, which tracks natural disasters, has reported a dramatic increase in such events over the course of the past century. During the early 1900s, the ISDR counted 73 natural disasters. The numbers rise steadily during the next 100 years, reaching 2,788 between 2000 and 2005.
This number includes floods, storms, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis, epidemics and other such incidents that killed at least 10 people, affected at least 100 people or resulted in a declaration of a state of emergency or a call for international assistance. Between 1991 and 2005, the ISDR tallied a total of nearly 1 million people killed by floods, wind storms, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and epidemics. Countless survivors of such traumatic events are left in need of help each year.
How Islamic Relief USA is Helping
Since its inception, one of Islamic Relief’s primary goals has been to provide rapid relief for disaster victims. Partnerships in some three dozen countries maximize Islamic Relief’s ability to respond to urgent situations with speed and efficiency, as well as cultural sensitivity. Islamic Relief’s emergency aid efforts often include the distribution of food, water and clothing; the construction of temporary shelters; and the administration of vital medical care.
You can learn more about Islamic Relief USA current and past emergency efforts by visiting our Emergencies section.