Plight Of Half Milllion Refugees Worsens
PESHAWAR, December 19, 2009: With winter upon them, some nearly half million Pashtun tribal peoples from Bajaur Agency, Pakistan, are living in makeshift huts in fields with no heat, water, food or clothing reaching them in war torn Pakistan, neglected by the Pakistan government and the relief agencies and Secretariats distributing USAID elsewhere. Their homes bulldozed by the Pakistani Military, their leaders targeted for assassination, and their daily lives traveling to seek help for their families, perforated by the blasts from Taliban bombings, the Pashtun have reached a point of desperate need. A peaceful people who has remained neutral and uninvolved in the terrorism and the war upon it, the Pashtun face death daily in chaotic Bajaur Agency, a region of several million Pashtun.
The American Computer Science Association (ACSA) has teamed up with Voice For Peace (Amn Awaz), a representative organization of the people of tribal areas who have been facing the horror and terror of war, and seeks the helping hand of the world community on the eve of Christmas. Some half a million refugees from the Bajaur Agency tribal regions have been living in the refugees camps for months, and are in need of immediate help. Winter has made life for them intolerable. Thousands of women and children are literally starving to death and the snows and dropping temperatures are causing many to freeze to death every night.
Representatives of the Pakhtun, the Pashtun tribal leadership circle, will hold a candle light vigil during the period of December 24th, 2009 to January 1, 2010 for the members of their tribes who are trying to survive the cold of winter in the camps of Bejaur Agency, hoping to be able to raise support from the international community to save their people. Their resources completely depleted, the Pakhtun are looking for aid of donations of clothing, canned food, water, financial support and assistance raising the visibility of this human tragedy to Global visibility.
According to a rough estimate, some half a million women and children were marooned in IDP camps when the Pakistani Government bulldozed their homes months ago looking for hidden Taliban who had threatened the community of Bajaur Agency with assassination if they identified their whereabouts to anyone. Even though the Pashtun are anti-Taliban, and pro Government, they found their human rights trampled as Pakistan faced increasing pressure from the world community to take military action against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The government bulldozers destroyed cities, reducing thousands of homes and businesses to rubble, yet did not even bring about the arrests of any significant Taliban leaders, although a few minor criminals were captured.
Caught in the middle of the war conflict, the Pashtun refugees are living in conditions that are indescribable, with no water or food, and no way to keep warm in freezing temperatures. Immediate aid is needed. Aid that was intended for the Pashtun allocated in past months has disappeared and is believed to have suffered loss due to corruption. It is estimated that before the end of winter, if no help is obtained, nearly 50-70,000 Pashtun women and children will die of disease, starvation or weather causes.
To find out if you can help by donating clothing, canned food, money support or other relief please call the hotline set up at the ACSA, and leave your name, phone and a message at 866-836-1932 or 908-272-0016, or email: email@example.com.
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