Blackburn mayor's shock over Syrian refugees

Blackburn Citizen: Coun Salim Mulla with some of the young refugees who will benefit from the new village in Syria Coun Salim Mulla with some of the young refugees who will benefit from the new village in Syria

BLACKBURN mayor Salim Mulla said he was ‘shocked’ at conditions for Syrian refugees after officially opening a purpose-built containerised village for victims of the civil war.

The village had been built by the Blackburn-based charity Al-Imdaad Foundation which, with branches of the charity from across the world, raised almost £500,000.

It was officially opened by Coun Mulla, who led the UK delegation that included Zubair Valimulla, Al-Imdaad Foundation UK’s projects co-ordinator, and Hafez Aboussamad Mulla, the foundation UK director.

The settlement in Tutul village, in Idlib, in the north west of the country, contains 100 new container homes, a communal kitchen, an education centre and a medical unit, which will enable over 1,000 refugees to move from tents and camps into a more stable and suitable living environment.

Coun Mulla said: “The whole of the UK should be proud and honoured to have a full village inside Syria.

“The team of Al-Imdaad Foundation have done a fantastic job on the ground and I can tell you that more and more villages will be made with your support.”

But the mayor said that while he was pleased to be able to open the village, he was shocked by the conditions that many of the refugees were living in, and saddened to hear the stories of the victims of the conflict, many of whom are children.

He said: “We met a six-year-old boy called Saddam in a rehabilitation centre. He sustained a horrific injury and is now paralysed.

“His elder brother, aged 14, had to carry Saddam from his home in Homs to the border of Turkey, with no knowledge of his parents’ whereabouts.

“Saddam is now totally bedbound being looked after by his brother, who finds it difficult to watch Saddam crying for his mother.”

The delegation also discovered that although the temperatures were as low as -4C, many refugees had only flip flops or bare feet.

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has now launched a ‘Winter Warm’ appeal, asking for donations of £25 to provide refugees with a hat, scarf, gloves, shoes and blanket.

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3:20pm Wed 18 Dec 13

doylerf says...

Most of the UK couldn't give a .... about Syria.
Most of the UK couldn't give a .... about Syria. doylerf

3:34pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Blue-tonic says...

doylerf says...

Most of the UK couldn't give a .... about Syria.
As a matter of fact, people do. It's kn.@" like you that don't !
doylerf says... Most of the UK couldn't give a .... about Syria. As a matter of fact, people do. It's kn.@" like you that don't ! Blue-tonic

3:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

anything being done to relieve the hardship for people perticularly children has to be applauded,,Syria is in turmoil and it seems to be heading for more suffering and bloodshed,,l would say some parts of the country look like Armageddon,
anything being done to relieve the hardship for people perticularly children has to be applauded,,Syria is in turmoil and it seems to be heading for more suffering and bloodshed,,l would say some parts of the country look like Armageddon, noddy57

3:51pm Wed 18 Dec 13

buckoff says...

For someone that claimed incapacity benefit since the 1970's has the holy water cured this man he should be in jail never mind acting like he cares this man is only lining his own pockets. And who is paying his expenses? BwD council?
For someone that claimed incapacity benefit since the 1970's has the holy water cured this man he should be in jail never mind acting like he cares this man is only lining his own pockets. And who is paying his expenses? BwD council? buckoff

3:58pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

buckoff wrote:
For someone that claimed incapacity benefit since the 1970's has the holy water cured this man he should be in jail never mind acting like he cares this man is only lining his own pockets. And who is paying his expenses? BwD council?
I would guess the Al-Imaad Foundation if they have raised £500k.

BwD Council are mentioned nowhere in the article and this sort of thing would not be a legal expenditure for a Council.
[quote][p][bold]buckoff[/bold] wrote: For someone that claimed incapacity benefit since the 1970's has the holy water cured this man he should be in jail never mind acting like he cares this man is only lining his own pockets. And who is paying his expenses? BwD council?[/p][/quote]I would guess the Al-Imaad Foundation if they have raised £500k. BwD Council are mentioned nowhere in the article and this sort of thing would not be a legal expenditure for a Council. Excluded again

4:00pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies.
He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country.
Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation.
It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth.
I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor.
Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country.
I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence.
We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies. He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country. Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation. It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth. I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor. Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country. I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence. Copperhead

4:45pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

Copperhead wrote:
We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies.
He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country.
Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation.
It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth.
I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor.
Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country.
I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence.
Errr, you are aware that President Assad is a Muslim?
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies. He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country. Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation. It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth. I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor. Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country. I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence.[/p][/quote]Errr, you are aware that President Assad is a Muslim? Excluded again

5:18pm Wed 18 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion.
Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are.
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion. Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are. HarryBosch

5:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

ghost of sceptic says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion.
Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are.
This is something we keep seeing though in mainly Muslim countrys. There does seem to be common factors with this religion the world over. I do often wonder if there is anything between the ears of the leaders of muslim countrys.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion. Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are.[/p][/quote]This is something we keep seeing though in mainly Muslim countrys. There does seem to be common factors with this religion the world over. I do often wonder if there is anything between the ears of the leaders of muslim countrys. ghost of sceptic

5:56pm Wed 18 Dec 13

ron1946 says...

Copperhead wrote:
We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies. He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country. Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation. It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth. I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor. Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country. I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence.
spot on our politicians walk round with their eyes closed
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies. He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country. Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation. It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth. I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor. Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country. I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence.[/p][/quote]spot on our politicians walk round with their eyes closed ron1946

6:20pm Wed 18 Dec 13

burner says...

The Mayor of Blackburn should be attending to the needs of the good people of Blackburn . . . . However, if President Assad is coming to switch on next years Christmas Lights, I shall be delighted ( EVERY pun intended !! )
The Mayor of Blackburn should be attending to the needs of the good people of Blackburn . . . . However, if President Assad is coming to switch on next years Christmas Lights, I shall be delighted ( EVERY pun intended !! ) burner

6:28pm Wed 18 Dec 13

doylerf says...

Muslims can't get on with Muslims, let alone any other infidel culture. The extremist in the UK are only kicking off because 3rd generation Muslims are seeing the light and realising that there are NO Gods, merely fictional characters. As for Salim Mulla, how shameful are the rest of the Labour Councillors for letting him be Mayor, let alone remain a councillor.
Muslims can't get on with Muslims, let alone any other infidel culture. The extremist in the UK are only kicking off because 3rd generation Muslims are seeing the light and realising that there are NO Gods, merely fictional characters. As for Salim Mulla, how shameful are the rest of the Labour Councillors for letting him be Mayor, let alone remain a councillor. doylerf

7:49pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Blue-tonic says...

Copperhead may the almighty lord give you guidance and compassion for humanity! I sincerely pray that he does amen!
Copperhead may the almighty lord give you guidance and compassion for humanity! I sincerely pray that he does amen! Blue-tonic

1:23am Thu 19 Dec 13

SWP supporter says...

Copperhead wrote:
We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies.
He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country.
Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation.
It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth.
I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor.
Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country.
I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence.
The situation is more complicated than you think.
Assad is a murderous dictator and deserves no support.
Yes, he is fighting right-wing fundamentalists - and they deserve no support either.
But the revolution started with demonstrations and strikes by ordinary Syrians, till they were forced to take up arms against savage repression.
They are still fighting for a new and free Syria - and are opposed by both Assad and the fundamentalists. They DO deserve our support
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: We should be supporting President Assad with soldiers, aircraft and essential supplies. He is fighting a desperate battle against islamic fundamentalists from all over the world, including, I am ashamed to say, this country. Islam is the enemy of western, modern, liberal and progressive civilisation. It is only because our leaders and the UK press are so scared of upsetting liberal-left and also muslim sensibilities that they won't tell you this simple truth. I am ashamed as a Blackburn lad that we have one of the enemy as our Mayor. Jack Straw and his pond-life cronies in Labour - Blair, Brown et al - should be shot for allowing all these enemies of western society into our country. I wish President Assad all the best and hope for his victory - because if he loses, we in the west will ultimately pay the price in the form of muslim control of the oil and the Suez Canal. The islamists will have a stranglehold over our very existence.[/p][/quote]The situation is more complicated than you think. Assad is a murderous dictator and deserves no support. Yes, he is fighting right-wing fundamentalists - and they deserve no support either. But the revolution started with demonstrations and strikes by ordinary Syrians, till they were forced to take up arms against savage repression. They are still fighting for a new and free Syria - and are opposed by both Assad and the fundamentalists. They DO deserve our support SWP supporter

1:28am Thu 19 Dec 13

Rumpole says...

Just a thought.............
..

Instead of building an Islamic boys school where it is not wanted, allow muslim boys to properly integrate into the mainstream mixed schools and send all the money that was to be spent on building it to the Al-Imdaad Foundation UK so they can build more of these villages where it is really needed and wanted.
Just a thought............. .. Instead of building an Islamic boys school where it is not wanted, allow muslim boys to properly integrate into the mainstream mixed schools and send all the money that was to be spent on building it to the Al-Imdaad Foundation UK so they can build more of these villages where it is really needed and wanted. Rumpole

3:13am Thu 19 Dec 13

Far East Calling says...

l suppose the Mayor will be next suggesting we should invite them back to the Blackburn, all so some one said the Muslims are killing one another you
see its not all bad news in the ET.
l suppose the Mayor will be next suggesting we should invite them back to the Blackburn, all so some one said the Muslims are killing one another you see its not all bad news in the ET. Far East Calling

3:15am Thu 19 Dec 13

Far East Calling says...

l suppose the Mayor will be next suggesting we should invite them back to Blackburn, all so some one said the Muslims are killing one another you
see its not all bad news in the ET.
l suppose the Mayor will be next suggesting we should invite them back to Blackburn, all so some one said the Muslims are killing one another you see its not all bad news in the ET. Far East Calling

3:30am Thu 19 Dec 13

SWP supporter says...

Far East Calling wrote:
l suppose the Mayor will be next suggesting we should invite them back to Blackburn, all so some one said the Muslims are killing one another you
see its not all bad news in the ET.
I would be far happier to see racists killing one another
[quote][p][bold]Far East Calling[/bold] wrote: l suppose the Mayor will be next suggesting we should invite them back to Blackburn, all so some one said the Muslims are killing one another you see its not all bad news in the ET.[/p][/quote]I would be far happier to see racists killing one another SWP supporter

5:32am Thu 19 Dec 13

hasnado33 says...

I to would like to see declared that the Blackburn rate payer wasn't stuck with the bill. Him and others to get him and support them there.
I to would like to see declared that the Blackburn rate payer wasn't stuck with the bill. Him and others to get him and support them there. hasnado33

9:20am Thu 19 Dec 13

Dj1time says...

Have some thought for poor innocent children shouldn't matter what colour or what religion they are put you're self in there shoes you thoughtless prxxxx
Have some thought for poor innocent children shouldn't matter what colour or what religion they are put you're self in there shoes you thoughtless prxxxx Dj1time

11:30pm Thu 19 Dec 13

superyob says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
HarryBosch wrote:
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion.
Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are.
This is something we keep seeing though in mainly Muslim countrys. There does seem to be common factors with this religion the world over. I do often wonder if there is anything between the ears of the leaders of muslim countrys.
We also have undernourished children in this country. We aren't all lucky. This is due to a mass influx of immigrants, who are draining the system. Same goes for the NHS, being drained by people who really have no right to be here! Charity begins at home. Read article in today's LT re: free toy shop for local children! This is 21st Century third world Britain........ no money should be sent on overseas aid, until our Government have sorted things out at home!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion. Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are.[/p][/quote]This is something we keep seeing though in mainly Muslim countrys. There does seem to be common factors with this religion the world over. I do often wonder if there is anything between the ears of the leaders of muslim countrys.[/p][/quote]We also have undernourished children in this country. We aren't all lucky. This is due to a mass influx of immigrants, who are draining the system. Same goes for the NHS, being drained by people who really have no right to be here! Charity begins at home. Read article in today's LT re: free toy shop for local children! This is 21st Century third world Britain........ no money should be sent on overseas aid, until our Government have sorted things out at home!!!! superyob

11:59pm Thu 19 Dec 13

SWP supporter says...

superyob wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
HarryBosch wrote:
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion.
Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are.
This is something we keep seeing though in mainly Muslim countrys. There does seem to be common factors with this religion the world over. I do often wonder if there is anything between the ears of the leaders of muslim countrys.
We also have undernourished children in this country. We aren't all lucky. This is due to a mass influx of immigrants, who are draining the system. Same goes for the NHS, being drained by people who really have no right to be here! Charity begins at home. Read article in today's LT re: free toy shop for local children! This is 21st Century third world Britain........ no money should be sent on overseas aid, until our Government have sorted things out at home!!!!
The NHS would have collapsed altogether were it not for the migrants working there
[quote][p][bold]superyob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the Syrian conflict I have to also admit to being shocked and disturbed by the images of those innocent children that were shown on the news channels at the weekend. Small children, malnourished walking around in the snow with nothing more than sandals on their feet and little in the way of medical support. Anybody who was not moved by those images is sorely lacking in human emotion. Sadly, I don't know what the answer to their plight is, which leaves me feeling very very inadequate. We don't realise how lucky we are.[/p][/quote]This is something we keep seeing though in mainly Muslim countrys. There does seem to be common factors with this religion the world over. I do often wonder if there is anything between the ears of the leaders of muslim countrys.[/p][/quote]We also have undernourished children in this country. We aren't all lucky. This is due to a mass influx of immigrants, who are draining the system. Same goes for the NHS, being drained by people who really have no right to be here! Charity begins at home. Read article in today's LT re: free toy shop for local children! This is 21st Century third world Britain........ no money should be sent on overseas aid, until our Government have sorted things out at home!!!![/p][/quote]The NHS would have collapsed altogether were it not for the migrants working there SWP supporter

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