Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has extended her warmest wishes to Muslims in the UK and around the world on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr.
Baroness Warsi said this year was particularly poignant with famine declared in parts of Somalia.
As Ramadan draws to a close and Eid celebrations approach, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes to Muslims in the United Kingdom and around the world for the special day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Eid is a time for families and friends, a time of joy and happiness. However, this year Eid comes at an especially poignant moment. As we share the festivities with our loved ones, our thoughts must turn to those less fortunate.
“A famine has been declared in parts of Somalia, and across the Horn of Africa. The terrible scenes of devastation have shocked us all. 12.4 million people require life-saving humanitarian assistance. Like you, my thoughts and prayers are with all those whose lives have been touched by this disaster.
“I’m proud to say, Britain is leading the way in responding to this awful situation, as we did with the floods in Pakistan last year. The British taxpayer is providing life-saving help to over 2 million people across the region, including access to drinking water and treatment for starving children. Members of the public have themselves already donated £53 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal, demonstrating the typical generosity of our country even in difficult economic times. And charities such as Islamic Relief, as well as many individuals, have worked tirelessly to provide support and essential items to those affected. There is no better testament to the principle of charity embodied by the month of Ramadan.
“But far more needs to be done, and I urge everyone to donate what they can to help save hundreds of thousands of lives in East Africa.
“Once again, Eid Mubarak to everyone enjoying this special time with family and friends.