Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Australia: Logan Ahmadiyya Muslim Community joins 'Mud Army' for flood recovery


"Especially with some of the older people — they don't like to throw away their stuff, like crockery and their photos of their grandkids and everything. It's all totally gone and it's very sad."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | AU Desk
Source/Credit: ABC News Australia
By Kate Higgins | April 4, 2017

Among the 1,000 people who turned out to join the 'Mud Army' south of Brisbane were about 50 members of the Logan Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Usman Chaudhry, who was today coordinating the clean up at Bayes Road in Logan Reserve, said they started mobilising volunteers last week.

"We started calling people from Thursday [or] Friday after we heard that we were expecting the flood and the news was that it would be bad," he said.

"We were making sure all our community members were safe … and then we started looking after our neighbours."

About 250 Logan homes were inundated when floodwaters rose last week in the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The Ahmadiyya community has a mosque in Stockleigh, near Jimboomba, where another group of volunteers were today working.

Mr Chaudhry said volunteers had been out in force since flooding started to recede at the weekend, with some even going to Paddington in Brisbane to help clear rubbish after flash flooding.

"Especially with some of the older people — they don't like to throw away their stuff, like crockery and their photos of their grandkids and everything. It's all totally gone and it's very sad."

He said residents were relieved when the volunteers arrived.

"They're washing stuff again and again and you turn up to a site with 20 people," he said.

"For one person, it's hard to clean up a mess from one house. When you have 20 people [it's] a lot faster."

Today, the Ahmadiyya volunteers included a number of students on school holidays.

"If you look at the kids, they're in school holidays and they could be sitting at home playing on their iPads, but they're in a really good spirit to get out and help people clear their houses," Mr Chaudhry said.

"It's all about giving back to the community where you live."


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