Brooklyn's Muslim and Jewish communities unite for Ukrainian humanitarian aid
Brooklyn's Muslim and Jewish communities have come together to provide humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
Mohammad Razvi is a leader in Brooklyn's diverse Muslim and Arab community. He's been working to help Ukrainians since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
"It was devastating to see such human life loss because of one man's ambitions for power," Razvi says.
Desperate to help, Razvi called a friend from the World Diasporas Association who put him in touch with Mitya Bykov, chairman of the Holocaust Remembrance Association and a Holocaust survivor himself.
"Bogdanovka is where 54,600 people were killed in less than 45 days. Only 127 survived and Mr. Bykov is one, his sister and his mother," says Goodwill Ambassador for Ukraine Bill Tingling.
What they really needed was space for donated goods. An alliance of Brooklyn leaders and groups came up with a 25,000-square foot office space in Midwood to house the new clothing, medical supplies and canned goods that will make their way overseas.
"Mohammad and his community showed to us such good hospitality and such good care. We are ready to sit here 24/7," Bykov says.
The joint venture plans to get its first shipment of donations to eastern Europe within a week, but they say they will continue their donation efforts for as long as there's a need for it.