Sunday, January 2, 2011

Palestinian group enables 35 disabled people to perform Hajj

From Arab Times:

KUWAIT CITY -- The Palestine Charitable Committee at International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) enabled 35 disabled Palestinians perform Hajj this year, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

Chairman of the committee Sheikh Nadir Al-Nouri said they targeted people who were injured during the Al-Fourqan conflict in 2008 and the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000 in Gaza Strip.

The committee gave 35 such people a chance to perform Hajj and each person was allowed to take six companions along to take care, he said, adding the committee spent $97,000 on the project.

He mentioned that more than 80 percent Palestinian families are living below the poverty line and that unemployment has exceeded 45 percent.