Tuesday, 18 October 2005

Asia Quake Appeal

When I spoke to our Pakistani neighbour the other day he said that mercifully none of his large family were affected by the quake. And then I spoke to his wife who has now found out that she has lost more than 50 relatives.

Death figures could be as much as 54,000 and 3,000,000 people are homeless [BBC]. It is getting to be very cold (-3 centigrade!) and people are really suffering. Having survived the quake they may now die and are in desperate need of tents, blankets, food and water. Money is needed now and the DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) have finally started an appeal.

We have already given to a local Pakistani family organising relief and have now given to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal for the Asia quake. I see Islamic Relief is now a member and hope that there will be more Muslim Faith charities part of the appeal and getting a say in organising and distributing the aid.

As a British taxpayer giving to a charity the charity gets an extra 28 pence for every pound given.

What a terrible year it has been with disasters.

Original Comments:

jane said...

It sure has been a disastrous year & we've got 2 1/2 months yet to go. That is so, so sad about your neighbor's family.
Let's hope the rest of the year is uneventful.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:53:00 AM

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