World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Concern that Kashmir’s Victims Are Forgotten

Concern that Kashmir’s Victims Forgotten Amongst Christmas Cheer

As Christmas approaches, aid and relief agency TEAR Fund is concerned Kashmir’s earthquake victims have been forgotten. The aid agency is again appealing for funds as snow begins to fall across the mountainous Himalayan region. “We simply cannot afford to let this crisis drop off the radar,” says TEAR Fund Executive Director Stephen Tollestrup.

“Our partners in Kashmir are reporting blizzards and freezing temperatures. Hundreds of thousands of families are right now huddling together in tents and crowding over fires in a desperate attempt to keep warm.”
As icy winds howl through mountainside tent-villages, cold related diseases look set to explode into endemics, particularly amongst vulnerable children and the elderly. More than 200,000 people live above Kashmir’s snow line.

TEAR Fund, through the relief arm of the Integral Alliance and partner Medair, is working in the Bagh and Poonch districts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. TEAR Fund is also operating in the Uri district of Indian-administered Kashmir.

The agency is distributing winterised tents, plastic sheets, mattresses, blankets, warm clothing, food and water. TEAR Fund is also constructing temporary shelters from the rubble of destroyed homes.

To donate to TEAR Fund’s emergency appeal, visit their website or call 0800 800 777 or to make an instant $20 donation call 0900 90 777. ENDS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>