I travelled to Lebanon to help refugees 'find happiness' during Ramadan

Sheroze visited Lebanon at the start of April
Sheroze visited Lebanon at the start of April -Credit:Sheroze Nadeem

A solicitor from Blackburn has travelled to Lebanon to help provide assistance to refugees during Ramadan. Sheroze Nadeem visited the Middle Eastern country at the beginning of April, only two months after returning from Egypt.

There, he helped to fill lorries with aid and supplies for victims of the Israel-Hamas war. Only a few weeks later and the 29-year-old is back at it again, helping to support refugees at camps in Lebanon as the holy month of Ramadan came to a close.

Usually, his humanitarian efforts involve helping with supplies, medication, food and helping communities to rebuild, but this time was a little bit different.


"We did something a little bit different," Sheroze told LancsLive. "We took all the kids from the refugee camp and we took them shopping, buying them clothes and shoes so they can at least celebrate Eid - how millions and if not more around the globe will be celebrating.

"So they can have a sense of normality."

Sheroze with children at the refugee camp
Sheroze with children at the refugee camp -Credit:Sheroze Nadeem

Sheroze visits war-torn and impoverished areas with Salam Charity UK, an organisation offering support to groups and individuals in poverty from across the world. Whilst visiting Lebanon and other countries such as Pakistan, Egypt and Syria, Sheroze follows an itinerary along with other volunteers to support the most vulnerable.

During his trip to Lebanon, the solicitor took part in an education project to offer children in refugee camps some formal education. He added: "Education is one way to come out of this poverty."

At the time of his visit was the holy month of Ramadan, a time when Muslims fast, pray and reflect. This year, the period started on Sunday, March 10 and ended Tuesday, April 9.

Marking the end of Ramadan, Muslims observe Eid which involves celebration and lavish meals with loved ones, as well as giving out to charities and the most vulnerable. Sheroze explained: "As Muslims 2.5%, if you're over a certain element of your wealth, you should be giving to charity per year to those who are poor and needy.

"We were giving this out in cash form, so people can enjoy this element of the end of Ramadan and Eid and spend it as they require and their families require."

Playing rock, paper, scissors with a child at the refugee camp
Playing rock, paper, scissors with a child at the refugee camp -Credit:Sheroze Nadeem

However, for refugees and those in poverty, the end of the holy month isn't a huge celebration. Taking to Instagram, another Salam Charity volunteer, Neezo, has posted videos on his experiences in the refugee camps of Lebanon.

In one particular clip, Neezo is chatting to a resident of the camp who spoke about how much their support has meant for the people living in the area. He said: "This is the first Ramadan we found happiness. Our children got clothes, we got Eid gifts, we got our rent covered.

"Every year we can't sleep, the landlord is always chasing us for rent. We tell him it's Eid, he'll say 'your rent is due'.

"You guys came and made us happy. Our rent is paid.

"The Eid clothes, every year us and the children have nothing, I swear. We were humiliated.

"We're happy about our kids and about the rent and with you, we filled our tents with supplies. You gave us what we need and you made sure we are pleased."

Whilst Sheroze was visiting Lebanon, bombing occurred in neighbouring countries and cities as part of the Israel-Hamas war. The solicitor said: "I think with everything going on around the globe, because we were in Beqaa when the bombing sadly happened there.

"Of course we weren't impacted, we were far away but the point is, the situation globally is impacting everyone. It's important that, firstly I thank everyone that's supported purely on a humanitarian level. Second, that we do our bit.

"There's so much we're blessed with which we forget when we have the luxuries of life. It's important that we keep doing this work and I'm grateful that I can continue to do so."