Italy: Muslim NGO delivers aid to quake victims

Italy: Muslim NGO delivers aid to quake victims

Volunteers from an Islamic non-government organisation have left the quake-devastated city of Onna in central Italy after having distributed over 1.5 tonnes of aid. Dozens of volunteers from Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria worked with Islamic Relief to help victims of the quake by providing food, blankets and clothing.

"During the past few months (since the April earthquake) we have distributed more than 500 blankets, 1.42 tonnes of food and drink, thousands of hygiene kits, huge quantities of clothes and other first-aid materials, to Monticchio, Bagno and finally Onna," said the director of Islamic Relief for Italy Abdullah Gonzaga in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).

"In the tent city (of Onna), which has become a dramatic symbol in Abruzzo, our organisation has installed itself there and been operating for six months."

"During this period we met Pope Benedict XVI in an emotionally touching visit, we also organised Arab-themed lunches as well as trips. We also collaborated with the Civil Protection Authority as well as Catholic and secular organisations, always with reciprocal satisfaction," Abdullah told AKI.


Source: AKI (English)

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