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Muslim Community Fights Poverty In Hyde Park

June 10, 2013 in News with 0 Comments

On the 8th of June, over 45,000 people including members of the Muslim community, gathered in Hyde Park, London, for the Big IF London Rally.

United, they all made noise demanding that G8 leaders take action to tackle global hunger and save the lives of millions.

MADE in Europe, a movement of young Muslims fighting global poverty through volunteering and campaigning, were present at the event alongside many other Muslim groups and initiatives.

Volunteers campaigned to help end hunger at their stalls, promoted healthy living, held up banners, as well as holding face-painting and graffiti art sessions that attracted much attention.

They wrote: “We were proud to take our place alongside our friends at Islamic Relief UK, Human Appeal International, The Zahra Trust, Muslim Aid, Julie Siddiqi and Ajmal Masroor with thousands of people from all faiths and backgrounds to show that the Muslim community & Islam stands for nothing other than justice.”

High profile actors, football superstars and film directors spoke at the rally, including Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates who praised the UK for “leading the way” on tackling hunger.

“The UK is keeping its promise to the world’s poor, largely because all of you remind your leaders regularly, and loudly, that this stuff matters,” he said. “Now is our chance to make a significant difference.”

Also in attendance was film director Danny Boyle, the Archbishop of Westminster, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, beatboxer Beardyman and Myleene Klass.

There was also a display of 250,000 spinning flowers, featuring two million petals to represent the children who die because of malnutrition each year.

British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted a Nutrition Summit the same day.

Hosting a conference intended to drum up billions for the developing world, the PM backed a target of saving 20 million children from chronic malnutrition by 2020 and the government had committed to giving an extra £375 million to help feed the world’s poorest children.

Upon hearing of the news, footballer David Beckham spoke to the crowd: “We’ve had good news. Earlier today the Prime Minister met with other world leaders and has made a real commitment to ending child malnutrition and hunger.”

Images courtesy: Khalid Bari and MADE in Europe

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