GoFundMe for Congolese refugee who died during Buffalo Blizzard tops $50,000

A GoFundMe campaign for a Congolese refugee who died during a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York has raised over $50,000.

The family of 26-year-old Congolese Abdul Sharifu set up a page to help his family with funeral expenses after he left his home to get supplies on Saturday afternoon and never made it back.

Sharifu is one of at least 39 victims of the winter storm in Erie County, New York, which left many residents without power and trapped in their homes.

Elsewhere in the US, at least 25 others died as winter weather blanketed the country in inch-deep snow.

Pedestrians walk down Ellicott Street
Pedestrians walk down Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo on December 28, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. Historic winter storm Elliott dumped up to four feet of snow on the area, leaving thousands without power and over thirty confirmed dead in the city of Buffalo and surrounding suburbs.
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“Our brother Abdul Sharifu who is 26 years old went missing on Saturday 12/24/22 at 12:00pm during the winter storm in Buffalo, NY. Friends and family went looking for him on Sunday 12/25/22 and found him in his vehicle at Uttica Station but could not find him,” reads the GoFundMe petition, which was filed by Ally Sharifu, a family member, was created.

“Family and friends posted it on social media and received a call Monday 12/26/22 regarding his whereabouts. Abdul’s body was found lying in the snow and was taken to the hospital immediately, but he didn’t make it. ‘ Ally wrote.

The GoFundMe petition reads: “Abdul suffered when he froze to death in the street during a terrible winter storm.

“We need help to finance his funeral as the family is struggling. His wife Gloria is currently pregnant and is expected to give birth this week. Any amount or donation will help the family prepare for Abdul’s funeral,” Sharifu wrote in the fundraiser.

According to the insider, Ally Sharifu is the 26-year-old’s cousin, and the couple left Congo after both of Abdul’s parents were killed in the war. They resettled in the US in 2017 after spending about five years in a refugee camp in Burundi, he told CNN.

“He was a good person,” he told the insiderHe added that he would do “anything” for others when they needed help.

Ally said his wife would give birth in less than a week and his cousin went out during the snowstorm to buy milk for a friend’s child.

“My cousin was too good a man. When you called him to help you, he helped,” Ally Sharifu told CNN. “That’s why he went outside to get the milk, because he wouldn’t care what it looks like outside, he’ll try to come and help you.”

He said Abdul worked as a machine operator at a manufacturing facility in Cheektowaga and saved to buy a house.

He was “so happy to be a father,” said Sharifu.

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $52,500.

https://www.newsweek.com/gofundme-abdul-sharifu-buffalo-new-york-blizzard-1770434 GoFundMe for Congolese refugee who died during Buffalo Blizzard tops $50,000

Rick Schindler

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