B’nai B’rith International Opens Disaster Relief Fund to Aid Kenyan University Attack Victims, Families
B’nai B’rith International has opened its Disaster Relief Fund in response to the horrific murders of 147 people in Kenya, most of them Christian college students.
On April 2, the Somalia-based Islamic militant group al-Shabab infiltrated Garissa University College to begin a murderous rampage. Over the course of the 15-hour siege, they gunned down anyone in their path, and specifically targeted Christians for murder or capture. This terrorist attack is another reminder of the dangers of Islamic extremism.
“B’nai B’rith is reaching out today to urge our members and supporters to provide aid to a country in need,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “As a founding member of IsraAID, we’ll be working with its emergency response teams to coordinate the administration of trauma treatment and post-trauma coping mechanisms within a community currently dealing with horrible grief.”
IsraAID is always among the first on the scene when a disaster, both manmade and natural, strikes. The non-profit humanitarian organization is committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long-term support to people in need, regardless of gender, race, religion or national borders.
Recently the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund supported IsraAID’s response to combat Ebola in West Africa, and regularly assists with other projects in the wake of manmade and natural disasters, both domestic and international. B’nai B’rith and IsraAID also work together to arrange humanitarian assistance for refugees escaping violence and famine.
“We are working with IsraAID to help meet the psychological needs of the survivors and their families,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “We’re talking about college students murdered in the pursuit of education. The situation is beyond disturbing, and we want to meet the imperative need that has materialized from this horrific chain of events.”
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B’nai B’rith International
Disaster Relief Fund
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Washington, DC 20036
B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
The horrific murders of 147 people in Kenya, most of them Christian college students, are a frightening reminder of the dangers of Islamic extremism.
On April 2, the Somalia-based Islamic militant group al-Shabab infiltrated Garissa University College to begin a murderous rampage. Over the course of the 15-hour siege, they targeted Christians.
Global terror fueled by religious intolerance is a growing plague. In parts of Africa and across the Middle East, assaults on free societies in the name of religion are growing. As we work to combat intolerance, we must all endeavor to remember the names, lives and families behind the raw numbers reported after such a tragedy.
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