WITH Warrington offering to rehouse 30 Afghan refugees immediately, volunteers at Warrington Islamic Centre have been overwhelmed with donations since launching an appeal.
Warrington Borough Cllr Mo Hussain launched the appeal on behalf of Warrington Islamic association with his colleagues Cllr Zaman and Guzanfer Sadiq and items are being distributed through different charities.
He said: “Care uk at Cockhedge are taking some of the items, making essentials packs and taking them to the families who are at various hotels.
“Some items which are immediately needed are taken to a charity called Islamic relief uk who are distributing them.
“We are also working with other agencies to provide hot meals when the refugees land at the airport and are going through the paperwork etc .
“We will continue to provide support from WIA as we did previously with Syrian refugees when they came to settle in Warrington.”
“We are no longer collecting clothes as we have received a very generous amount for now.”
Council Chief Executive Prof. Steven Broomhead said: “We have offered to immediately rehouse 30 refugees in Warrington. We await more detail on what the resettlement scheme will mean for us locally, but as we have previously said, we will do all we can to support Afghan refugees – many of which will have lost everything.”
Meanwhile, Warrington South MP Andy Carter said: “Our immediate priority must be to repatriate British nationals and locally employed staff under serious threat to life. 5,000 former Afghan staff and family members are expected to be relocated to the UK by the end of the year. A new resettlement scheme will prioritise women and girls and others most at risk. I have spoken to the Borough Council and liaised with Ministers in the Home Officer to what role Warrington can play in supporting the repatriation effort with a number of locations being considered in the town as potential sites to host refugees who have lost everything, including the peace centre who have around 30 beds available immediately.
“There also needs to be a concerted diplomatic effort to co-ordinate the international response. That includes holding the Taliban to account on terrorism, human rights, and protecting the gains for women, girls, and minorities as far as possible. And 20 years after the attacks on the Twin Towers, we must also maintain an unwavering commitment to protecting our borders, keeping at bay anyone who may pose a threat to our safety.”
THE following items are urgently required.
Donations can be dropped off from Sunday (22/08/21) – Wednesday (01/09/21) during Salah times at both the Masjids, and for those who are unable to deliver, volunteers are more than happy to pick up in’sha’Allah.
Warrington Islamic Centre
Jamia Masjid Warrington
19-21 Arpley Street
Appeal coordinators Guzzanfer Sadiq- 07956 365371 or Cllr Moazzam Hussain – 07814037411