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Refugee Emergency Relief Efforts. Call for Donations!

Anti-government demonstrators in Cairo. UNHCR is finding ways to help refugees during the political uncertainty. (c)Reuters

Refugees in Cairo have become increasingly vulnerable because of the recent unrest in Cairo, many if not most of the NGOs or agencies usually serving them are closed or working on a limited-staff basis. 

Staff from St. Andrew’s and other organisations have been in contact with Tadamon organisation which is currently running food distribution around the city for the most extreme and vulnerable cases. Everything is welcome, rice, pasta, vegetables, canned food, fruits, milk, clothes, blankets, everything. If you’re not in Cairo but still have stuff here to handover, contact us and we will arrange for it. 

Depending on the security situation we plan to be at St. Andrew’s Sunday from 10am to 1pm if you want come and drop some stuff, or if you prefer we can come to your place during the afternoon. Anything, even if it’s 1 kg of rice, contact Maelle by email, maelle.pelletier@gmail.com, or by phone, 0166077047. Thanks! 

Toward the same end we will accept financial contributions. These will go toward emergency food provisions and to help prevent evictions by providing temporary rent assistance to especially at risk refugees. We have several channels through which we can receive donations, depending on location. Contributions from the U.S. and Europe are welcome and will be received via transfer to local bank accounts in those countries. If you are interested in helping in any way please contact me, meli.holmes@gmail.com, for more details.

Spiraling situation for refugees.

We just received a call from the Somali community leader reporting that people were arrested inside their homes. They showed their UNHCR blue cards, the only form of identification the refugees have, but the military police not knowing anything about these cards arrested them on the spot. The situation for refugees in Cairo has the potential to spiral out of control very quickly. With various actors providing security and the UNHCR closed the people in these communities are stuck in the middle with no protection. My efforts to reach the media in the US have yielded little results thus far, especially when compared to the engagement of the German and European press. Please if you have personal contacts or suggestions of organizations I can reach out to send them to me or give them my information. Thank you.

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