DALLAS, TEXAS, September 27, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently distributed emergency aid in Del Rio, Texas, where more than 8,000 migrants fleeing violence and poverty are stranded without food, water or basic necessities.
Supplies such as first aid kits, bottled water, clothing, baby formula and diapers were collected at the Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and transported to the migrant encampment under the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, about 150 miles west of San Antonio.
According to Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal, there were more than 14,000 migrants in this location at one point, and those that remain are facing a growing humanitarian crisis.
“Many of these families fled unimaginable circumstances in their home countries only to be left hungry, thirsty and scared at the border,” Sohail said. “We couldn’t turn a blind eye to their suffering and responded to the call for help as quickly as we could.”
Baitulmaal joined forces with UntilFreedom, Faith for Black Lives, Relief Gang and other aid groups to provide essential supplies to families in need.
Thousands of migrants are seeking asylum from countries such as Chile, Cuba and Venezuela at the U.S. border town of Del Rio, Texas. The majority of recent arrivals have fled political upheaval, civil unrest and a devastating earthquake in Haiti that claimed more than 2,000 lives. Del Rio’s mayor declared a state of emergency last week and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has appealed to the U.S. to end asylum restrictions as migrants face long queues and squalid conditions at the border..
If you would like to contribute to emergency aid programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Texas, the charity has domestic offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.