Pakistan – UNITED SIKHS Blog http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pak-Afghan Earthquake Relief: UNITED SIKHS Provides Aid to 400 Families http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2015/11/pak-afghan-earthquake-relief-united-sikhs-provides-aid-to-400-families/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:19:17 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2280

Left: UNITED SIKHS distributing food package to affected families in Shangla, Pakistan. Right: Volunteers packing and preparing aid packages.

Peshawar, Pakistan:–On November 8th, 2015, UNITED SIKHS launched the Pak-Afghan Earthquake Relief Effort to provide aid and assistance to individuals affected by one of the strongest earthquakes the region has ever seen.

On October 26, 2015, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Afghanistan. Deadly tremors were felt in Pakistan, with the majority of victims from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province located in the northwestern region of the country. The death toll in Pakistan has reached 300, and more than 3,000 are injured. 74,885 houses and 497 schools have been damaged, and 29,162 houses completely destroyed.

 

 

Left: UNITED SIKHS volunteer Ravi Singh visiting the site of destroyed houses in Shangla. Right: Homeless children describing the quake that destroyed their home.

Click here for videos and photos of the Pak-Afghan Relief Effort.

Relief Effort Launched:

The relief effort began in the Shangla district of KPK, which is one of the districts most devastated by the earthquake. 50 individuals were killed in Shangla, and over 200 were injured. 22,000 houses and 143 schools were also either damaged or completely destroyed in this district. UNITED SIKHS has distributed 400 food packages to 400 families in this region.

By making a donation of $25.00, you can sponsor a aid package for a family. Each food package provides a family of six with two meals per individual for 10 days, with each meal costing $0.20. The packages contain the following items:

From the Ground:

“After traveling 12 hours by truck and 8 hours by flying coach van on Sunday, November 8, our team reached the Shangla district of KPK. During distribution, I met a family with two children whose home was completely destroyed and who were spending nights under the open sky and in cold weather. Upon receiving food aid from us, they were very pleased,” said Herdyal Singh, UNITED SIKHS Project Coordinator in Pakistan. He further added that relief work will expand to Afghanistan after security clearance.

UNITED SIKHS volunteers spoke to the Assistant Commissioner of Shangla, who stated, “First of all, I am thankful to UNITED SIKHS, who is providing relief aid to earthquake victims, where people are in dire need of emergency aid like food. I hope they continue to support our people. Shangla is a district of KPK which has been more affected than most in the KPK province. The people have taken shelter in camps, and some are living under the open sky and facing cold weather. We really need to come forward to help these people so that they can survive on their own in the future.”

UNITED SIKHS volunteers spoke to the Assistant Commissioner of Shangla, who stated, “First of all, I am thankful to UNITED SIKHS, who is providing relief aid to earthquake victims, where people are in dire need of emergency aid like food. I hope they continue to  support our people.  Shangla is a district of KPK which has been more affected than most in the KPK province. The people have taken shelter in camps, and some are living under the open sky and facing cold weather. We really need to come forward to help these people so that they can survive on their own in the future.”

UNITED SIKHS plans to distribute more relief packs to families in need in affected areas. Each pack will cost 2,000 Pakistani Rupees, or  USD 25.00, and will contain rice and other foodstuffs. Packages will be distributed in the Swat, Dir, and Bunner districts of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan. Please donate today to help us provide aid to those in need.

Click here see UNITED SIKHS’ previous work in Pakistan.  Interviews of affected Pakistani families may be viewed here.

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Blast kills 16 Pakistan cadets; NATO trucks bombed http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/09/blast-kills-16-pakistan-cadets-nato-trucks-bombed/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/09/blast-kills-16-pakistan-cadets-nato-trucks-bombed/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2009 05:36:52 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=458

30th August, 2009: Islamabad, Pakistan: Amardeep Singh and Navjit Singh, reporting from Peshawar:  Aid work continues, we have just returned after distributing aid to 105 Christian families at Gojra, district Toba Tek Singh.  The below incident has raised high security alert.  More on the aid distribution to the Christian families, later…..

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090830/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan

Blast kills 16 Pakistan cadets; NATO trucks bombed

ISLAMABAD – Bombings targeted a Pakistani police station and set a NATO fuel convoy ablaze Sunday, killing 16 cadets in the northwest’s Swat Valley and threatening the supply line to international forces in Afghanistan in a separate attack near the border.

The two blasts hours apart and hundreds of miles from each other came as Pakistani officials said the Taliban were ramping up strikes to avenge recent setbacks, including the loss of territory to the military and the death of their top leader in a CIA missile strike near the Afghan border.

Pakistan’s military has in recent months intensified its fight against the al-Qaida-linked extremists, who threaten stability in the nuclear-armed nation and are suspected of helping plot attacks against U.S. and NATO troops across the border in Afghanistan.

At least 16 cadets died Sunday after a suicide bomber sneaked into the courtyard where they were training in Swat’s main town of Mingora and detonated his explosives, local government official Atifur Rehman said. It was the deadliest attack since an army offensive ended Taliban rule there.

Investigators later sifted through the blackened wreckage in the courtyard littered with body parts, shredded uniforms and police berets.

Authorities were looking into reports the attacker may have donned a uniform and slipped into the station posing as one of the dozens of recruits, Deputy Inspector General Idrees Khan of the district police said.

“We are investigating whether the bomber climbed over the wall of the police station, or whether he was already present among the police cadets,” Khan said. He blamed the attack on a decision to relax a daily curfew in the area for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and police quickly blocked off roads and ordered residents back indoors.

The army’s offensive to take back the area was its largest in years after periodic peace deals with the militants. The Taliban’s takeover of parts of Swat, a former tourist enclave, about two years ago became a symbol of their expansion in the mostly Muslim country of 175 million.

Pakistan’s army says it is restoring order to the valley and surrounding areas, but Sunday’s attack indicated that while the Taliban may no longer be able to impose their harsh interpretation of Islam there, life is far from normal for the hundreds of thousands who are now returning after fleeing the army’s fierce three months of fighting to wrest back control.

Provincial minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour blamed the Taliban for the suicide attack and said Pakistanis must be “mentally prepared” for more bombings until the Taliban are crushed.

The Pakistani Taliban have vowed revenge after the loss of Swat and the death of their top leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in a CIA missile strike Aug. 5 further west near the Afghan border. At least 40 U.S. drones have fired missiles into Pakistan’s lawless border areas, targeting militant leaders believed to threaten the war effort in Afghanistan.

The other blast Sunday ripped through a line of trucks ferrying fuel to NATO troops in Afghanistan, setting several oil tankers ablaze at a backed-up border crossing in southwestern Baluchistan province, police said.

The blast appeared to be the second terrorist attack in a week to target a border crossing.

Local police chief Hasan Sardar said flames and smoke were billowing into the sky Sunday night as authorities struggled to control the blaze near the Chaman border crossing in Baluchistan province in Pakistan’s southwest.

“It was a big explosion under one of the oil tankers that caused other vehicles to catch fire. The fire is spreading,” Sardar told The Associated Press by phone.

“We are at the moment trying our best to control the blaze. We are not sure whether there is any human loss,” he said. “It is just panic everywhere there.”

Police officer Gul Mohammad said from the scene that a bomb was suspected. He said security officials had earlier found and defused another explosive device lying near one of the NATO tankers.

“This was another bomb, which we could not find in our earlier search, that exploded,” Mohammad told the AP.

An eyewitness, Haji Mahmood, said he saw some men in a car and two on a motorcycle spraying the vehicles with a volley of bullets before the blast.

“The two men abandoned their motorcycle and escaped in the car,” Mahmood said.

Chaman is one of two main crossing points for supplies for American and NATO troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The foreign troops get about 75 percent of their supplies through Pakistan.

Some 1,000 trucks, many of them NATO tankers, were backed up on the road leading to the border because the Chaman crossing had been closed for two days in a dispute between customs officials over fruit inspections, police officer Abdul Rauf said. Afghan officials closed the border on Saturday in retaliation for lengthy inspections by Pakistani customs that were holding up Afghan trucks carrying grapes and pomegranates, he said.

Rauf said that he heard the explosion and saw at least three oil tankers, two container trucks and two dump trucks on fire.

Another suicide bombing Thursday killed at least 19 guards further north at the Torkham border crossing, the other main route into Afghanistan and gateway to the famed Khyber Pass.

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Associated Press Writer Matiullah Achakzai in Chaman contributed to this report.

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Conditions at the Camps in Pakistan http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/07/conditions-at-the-camps-in-pakistan/ Fri, 03 Jul 2009 08:08:46 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=333 Camp Close shot

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26th June 2009, Islamabad:  Conditions at the camp are detoriating because of the change in weather and the coming in of the monsoons. There is an increase in the cases of snake and scorpion bites.  Visiting the camp sites with the team of local doctors from NATPOW, the cases reported indicate an increase in people requesting for medicines suffering from scabies, malaria, insect bites, diarrhoea. The possibilies of an epedemic is imminent. The officials at the camp have said that water-logged camps would not get flooeded with water.  The situation is aggravated by the fact that there are insufficient female doctors to treat children and women, who refuse to be attended to by men.  The chaos of the early days has begun to dissipate and better facilities have been organized. The efforts of philanthropists who continue to offer up help in terms of food and other supplies to the IDPs are also quite remarkable.

The cluster for nutrition setup by UNICEF is meeting on Tuesday 7th July in Islamabad to discuss the precautions to be taken by NGOs to better tackle the current building scenario.

 

Sundeep Singh
27th June 2009
SikhAid Camp-Islamabad
UNITED SIKHS

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United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/06/united-sikhs-appeals-for-urgent-relief-aid-for-displaced-pakistanis/ Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:08:25 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=306 United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis   PDF Print E-mail

NEW YORK, June 27 (APP): A US‑based international organization, United Sikh, has issued an urgent appeal for donations to provide humanitarian relief to Pakistani internally displaced persons from Swat and other adjacent valleys. “United Sikhs needs to raise  $117,514 USD to provide immediate humanitarian relief to IDPs from the Swat Valley who are living in poor conditions. We request the public to donate generously to provide the most vulnerable children and women IDPs with immediate life‑saving humanitarian and advocacy support,” Kuldip Singh, President of the US organization said Saturday.

The organization said the IDPs in the 19 camps and at the Sikh shrine, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Abdal, are in urgent need of help for better food, medical care and protection from the sweltering heat.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that over 2.5 million people are displaced by the anti‑Taliban offensive, which has stretched the much needed humanitarian resources in Pakistan, the organization said.

An aid team surveyed the immediate needs of the Pakistan IDPs and identified urgent requirements at the 19 IDP camps and the Gurdwara IDP sites at Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal and Baba Joga Singh Gurdwara in Peshawar.

 http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=80201&Itemid=2

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