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Syrian refugees: Islamic charities fill vacuum left by UN funding shortage

Ramadan is coming to end and Muslims across the world are gearing up for Eid. But not everyone will be able to celebrate. With a record 4 million Syrian refugees now registered, and a lack of international support for the crisis, humanitarian organisations are feeling the pinch. Starting next month, UN food coupons will be stopped for some half a million refugees. The aid vacuum is increasingly being filled by Islamic charities, some of them clearly pursuing a Salafist agenda.

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Programme prepared by Patrick Lovett

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