WJR raises £200,000 for Dar­fur

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

WORLD JEWISH Re­lief’s Dar­fur emer­gency ap­peal has raised over £200,000 in its first year, ben­e­fit­ing 30,000 women, chil­dren and el­derly refugees.

The Lon­don-based hu­man­i­tar­ian char­ity launched the ap­peal be­liev­ing that the com­mu­nity would iden­tify with a cause “that res­onates so closely with our own hor­rific past”.

Ma­jor do­na­tions ac­count for about one-third of the cash and the ap­peal has re­ceived a steady stream of small con­tri­bu­tions. Schools and syn­a­gogues have also held fundrais­ers.

The char­ity is in­volved in two projects, one pro­vid­ing shel­ter and sup­port for el­derly in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple in the camps, the other help­ing to keep women and girls in the camps safe from sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. The char­ity li­aises closely with its part­ners on the ground to en­sure that the aid is prop­erly tar­geted.

WJR chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul An­ti­coni told the JC that “the scale of hu­man­i­tar­ian need among the huge dis­placed Dar­furi com­mu­nity, is unimag­in­able. The Dar­fur prob­lem is as great to­day as it was al­most five years ago.”

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