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Tuesday, December 28, 2004 | Tsunami Relief Addresses
1-11 First time visitors, updates are added to the top, so scroll down for more addresses.
Update on Dalits and new address. For those who are unaware, Dalits are people who are considered "untouchable" by some in India. While there have been some legislative initiatives since independence, the facts on the ground, and in government offices, lag somewhat.
.."About four days back police severely beat up and then arrested a dalit for taking rice from an aid agency. They even demolished what was left of his house..."
You can contact them about donating to the orgs listed in the update below, also from Dalits.org. I have just pasted excerpts, you can click the link and read the whole report.
The situation of Dalits:
They are discriminated in the Camp sites
The fisher people chase Dalits from the Camps.
The entire attention of the Goverment and other organisations is towards the Fishing community only.
The Ex - gratia payment to the kith and kin of the deceased, are not given to Dalit families.
The fisher people did not allow the dalits to get the relief measures either from the Government or from the philantherapists.
The restoration of Drinking water, road, public health and communication has been started only in the fihser area and Dalits area is discriminated.
Cleaning of the area is done to Fishing area only and Dalilt colonies yet to get these services.
Manual scangers -Dalits only - from adjacent Corporations and Municipalities are brought in to the affected areas to remove carcasses and debris
They were not given even gloves and masks to protect themselves during the time of their work -They are not provided with any Government previleges for this additional and filthy job
Their health and hygiene was not taken care of by the Government Agencies
Philantherapic organisations and Associations.
Specific Networks which are active in this Relief work at the moment, which are close to NCDHR
(CAN - Coastal Action Net work in Nagapattinam, the worst affected area- Not very much close to NCDHR)
HRFDL- Human Rights Foundation for Dalit Liberation- Operating among Dalits in 10 Northern-affected- Districts
DASC-Dalit Action for Social Change- Operating among Dalits in 4 Southern -affected-Districts
NESA - New Entity for Social Action- Operating in many parts of Tamilnadu-Both Dalits and Non Dalits
Tamilnadu Coordination Committee for Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitaion - NGO Coalition in Tamilnadu
Several Co-ordinations have been formed within the last few days to take up several activities.
Indonesia's military on Tuesday imposed tough restrictions on foreign tsunami-relief workers whom it said were in danger of attack by rebels in Aceh, throwing aid efforts into further disarray.
The military said it could not guarantee safety from guerrillas fighting a long-running separatist war in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, and foreign missions outside Banda Aceh would need permission from the military.
Further measures would see Indonesian military liaison officers posted on all foreign planes and ships delivering aid in Aceh, armed forces chief General Sutarto said.
The Acheh National Armed Forces (TNA) guarantees the safety and free access to all part of Acheh for the international aid workers. We understand that Indonesian Colonial government has issued a warning to international aid workers that it cannot guarantee their safety. It is only a move by the Indonesian colonial who is at tremendous anxiety with the presence of international aid workers and military to scare them away. Attempts have been made for this purpose such as random fire of weapon in the city, dispatching false news about our forces has engaged in harassments of aid delivery. This falsification of news and other hassles by the colonial authority to aid workers and aid distribution have only one goal: to scare away international workers from Acheh. They do not like international involvement in Acheh.
Murugeshan and his family of four have been living on the streets in Nambiarnagar. That’s why like 31 other families, they have been thrown out of relief camps. That’s why they are hounded out of schools they have sneaked into, they are pushed to the rear of food and water lines, given leftovers, not allowed to use toilets or even drink water provided by a UN agency. That’s why some NGOs are setting up separate facilities for them. Because they are all Dalits.
They are survivors from 63 damaged villages—30 of them flattened—all marooned in their own islands, facing the brunt of a majority of fishermen who are from the Meenavar community—listed in official records as Most Backward Class (MBC)—for whom Dalits are still untouchable.
The Indian Express toured the camps to find an old story of caste hatred being replayed in camp after camp:
• In the GVR Marriage Hall Relief Camp, Dalits cannot drink water from tanks put up by UNICEF. The Meenavars say they ‘‘pollute’’ the water.
• In the Nallukadai Street Relief Camp, a Meenavar Thalaivar, or leader, grabbed all cartons of glucose biscuits delivered by a Coimbatore NGO. The Dalits were told: these are not for you.
• At Puttur Relief Camp, the Meenavars have hoarded family relief kits, rice packets, new clothes and other relief material. When the Dalits asked for some, they paid a heavy price—they had to spend the night on the road.
• At the Neelayadatchi Temple Camp, Dalits are not allowed inside the temple, especially when rice and cash doles are being handed out.
• Dalits from three villages taking shelter at Ganapati cinema hall in Tharambagadi are thrown out every night because the Meenavar fisherwomen say they did not ‘‘feel safe’’ falling sleep with Dalits around.
• So 32 ostracised Dalit families took shelter in the GRM girls’ school in Thanjavur. But four days ago, even the school asked them to vacate saying it was due to re-open.
Those doing the discriminating brush all this aside. Says Chellayya, a Meenavar fisherman at a Tharambagadi camp: ‘‘These Dalits have been playing mischief, going back to the villages and looting houses. That’s why we don’t want them around here.’’
To which Dalit activist K Darpaya says: ‘‘What’s left in the houses for Dalits to take? And where will they keep the loot even if we assume they have taken something? In the relief camps? On the road side?’’...
‘‘They will look into the problem and report back on what can be done to put an end to this. We certainly do not discriminate but if the fishermen themselves are doing it because of their local status, what can the government do?’’ says Nayar.
Talk to some of the victims and instead of bitterness and anger, there is grief and helplessness.
‘‘In Nagapattinam, three relief camps we went to denied us shelter saying they had no space. At the Nataraja Damayanti high school, the watchman refused to let us in,’’ says Murugeshan....
Since the morning of 26 December, shortly after news of the tsunami and the destruction it delivered was first broadcast to the world, People’s Watch – Tamil Nadu has been contributing to the ongoing relief efforts: both in the form of direct assistance to victims in coastal communities and coordination of the many other organizations eager to join the relief effort.
From 26 to 28 December, PWTN volunteers conducted Rapid Impact Assessments in nine coastal districts to gauge the extent of the devastation and identify the most dire community needs in the immediate aftermath of the tidal wave. This initial estimate put the number of homes demolished at more than 20,000 and the number of fishing vessels destroyed at nearly 12,000, alongside the 6,000 dead. A second Rapid Impact Assessment is currently underway, with eighteen PWTN teams dispatched to all ten effected districts to survey the damage not only to human life but also to long-term livelihood provision and basic amenities such as water, sanitation, and healthcare facilities.
Simultaneously, staff at PWTN headquarters are preparing packets containing fifteen days’ rations for some 2,000 families across Tamil Nadu. These bundles contain staples such as potatoes, onions, cooking oil, salt, saffron powder, tamarind, and tea as well as mats, clothing, blankets, and cooking vessels, donated by People’s Watch as well as its partners DanChurch Aid, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, Bread for the World, Misereor, and Friends of Sweden. Recipient families are being identified by members of the Campaign Against Torture (CAT) who have been deployed in their local districts in support of the relief effort.
People’s Watch has also played a significant leadership role in the formation of the Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Coordination for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (TRRC), a collaboration of many concerned organizations seeking to ensure that aid is delivered as quickly and effectively as possible within the State and Union Territories (www.trrcindia.org). In the early days of the crisis, PWTN organized volunteer accommodations in four zones throughout Tamil Nadu and it continues to help shape the agenda for coordination among all those working on behalf of victims.
Donations to the People’s Watch relief effort may be made by sending contributions to the following account:
Account name: Centre for the Promotion of Social Concerns
Account number: SB 20368
Bank code: 018
Swift code: IOBAINBB001
Bank name: Indian Overseas Bank
Bank address: Kamala 2nd Street, Chokkikulam, Madurai 625 002, INDIA
FCRA no.: 075940138
The relief material that are being properly packed and loaded from the office of People's Watch – Tamil Nadu to the affected villages in Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari are as follows :
No 6 ,Vallabai Road, Chokkikulam, Madurai-625002, Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel : 91-452-2539520 Fax : 91-452-2531874 Email : email@example.com
TRO initiates trauma counseling project for tsunami affected
[TamilNet, January 06, 2005 14:02 GMT]
Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in collaboration with the North East Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs, Sports and Youth Affairs has launched a project to provide trauma counseling to students and others who are affected by the Tsunami disaster, TRO sources in Kilinochchi said.
TRO has deployed six teams to visit welfare centres to identify and collect details of the psychologically affected children, women and others who urgently need counselling in the northeast province, sources said
TRO representatives met with Mr.R.Thiakalingam, Provincial Education Ministry Secretary at the latter's office and held discussion regarding the survey of identifying students and others, sources said.
Mr.Thiagalinkam assured fullest co-operation of his ministry for the success of this project.
Members of the eight teams are on field visit in areas affected by Tsunami and are distributing forms to local volunteers to gather information to formulate a comprehensive counselling programme, TRO sources said.
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The need for humanitarian assistance is now even greater than before. A donation from you, no matter how small, would be very much appreciated by the children and people of Aceh. Feel free to let us have your email address and we will keep you up to date with how the money is being spent and the current situation in the province.
You can deposit donations directly into the following bank account. But if you live outside Australia, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for details of local groups. The account details in Australia are as follows:
Aceh Humanitarian Assistance Fund (AHAF)
Acc. No. 10096013
BSB 06 71 04
University of Tasmania
ICNA Relief has established Indonesia , India & Seri Lanka Relief Fund to help injured people & homeless families for emergency relief to provide food, medicine, clothes, tents & other urgently needed supplies
http://www.reliefonline.org/ or call
Toll Free 1-866-637-4357
12-31 Note to first time visitors: I am adding updates on the top, scroll down for addresses posted previously.
WFP has probably already been mentioned, but a piece in Xinhua reminded me that they are in Somalia. Camel Milk has some updates on events there, but I didn't find any addresses. You can email the admins, but I expect they are referring people to OCHA (UN) and WFP
There are still thousands of people missing from the affected areas, and from all over the world. Please visit ASNLF has an update on conditions in various provinces of Aceh and this note and address:
We have formed humanitarian assitance posts for the Acheh earthquake victims in Jakarta, and tomorrow some friends from Jakarta will travel to Medan, Banda Acheh, Sigli, North Acheh, Bireuen, East Acheh, and West Acheh to form posts there.
DIRECT RELIEF INTERNATIONAL
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, Calif. 93117
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 300
Santa Monica, Calif. 90404
AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE
South Asia Tsunami Relief
847A Second Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10017
212-687-6200 ext. 851
Southeast Asia Earthquake Response
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, Ore. 97208
8320 Melrose Avenue, Suite 200 Los Angles, Calif. 90069
SAVE THE CHILDREN
Asia Earthquake/Tidal Wave Relief Fund
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Conn. 06880
ISLAMIC RELIEF USA
Southeast Asia Earthquake Emergency
P.O. Box 6098
Burbank, Calif. 91510
LankaPage is collecting funds to send for the disaster relief in Sri Lanka. These funds will be distributed to the neediest as soon as we (LankaPage) make appropriate arrangements in Sri Lanka. Please make your generous donation by clicking this button.
Alternatively you can send a check payable to "Disaster Relief Fund”, C/O LankaPage to: LankaPage.com, 616 Lagrange Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA.
The story below has a whole long list of orgs you can send to, and here is the TRO info
410/112, Buller Street
Phone: +94 11 269 32 54
Fax: +94 11 471 65 76
Contributions can be made by credit card via JDC's website: Box 321
847A Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kirsten Hongisto, 202-667-8227 x108; email@example.com December 27, 2004
InterAction Members Respond to those Affected by the Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Asia
Seven south Asian nations have been adversely affected by Sunday’s 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis (tidal waves). The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep under the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra early Dec. 26, triggering tidal waves up to 20 feet high. Over 24,000 people have lost their lives and untold millions have been left without food, shelter and safe drinking water. InterAction member agencies, United Nations disaster assessment and country teams, and various donor governments are working together with the governments of the affected countries to assess the extent of the disaster and to prioritize emergency needs.
The InterAction members listed below are accepting contributions for assistance that they or their affiliates are providing to those affected by the earthquake and tsunamis. An updated list of agencies responding, as well as detailed information on their activities, will soon be available at www.interaction.org.
InterAction has also developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters: http://www.interaction.org/disaster/guide_giving.html.
InterAction is a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, international development and refugee assistance organizations. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.
Action Against Hunger 247 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018 212-967-7800 www.actionagainsthunger.org ADRA International Asia Quake Fund 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 800-424-ADRA (2372) www.adra.org Air Serv International 6583 Merchant Place, Suite 100 Warrenton, VA 20187 www.airserv.org American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. JDC-South Asia Tsunami Relief P.O. Box 321 847A Second Avenue New York, New York 10017 212-885-0832 www.jdc.org American Jewish World Service 45 W. 36th St., 10th Fl. New York, NY 10018 212-736-2597 www.ajws.org AmeriCares 88 Hamilton Ave Stamford, CT 06902 800-486-4357 www.americares.org Baptist World Aid Asia Tidal Waves 405 North Washington Street Falls Church, VA 22046
703 790 8980 www.bwanet.org/bwaid
B'nai B'rith International B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund 2020 K. Street NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 212-490-3290 www.bnaibrith.org
Brother's Brother Foundation 1200 Galveston Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-321-3160 www.brothersbrother.org CARE 151 Ellis Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 800-521-CARE www.care.org Catholic Relief Services 209 West Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21201 800-HELP-CRS www.catholicrelief.org Christian Children’s Fund Child Alert Fund PO Box 26484 Richmond, Virginia - 23261-6484 800-776-6767 www.ChristianChildrensFund.org
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) South Asia Earthquake 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI, 49560 800-55-CRWRC www.crwrc.org Church World Service PO Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515 800-297-1516 www.churchworldservice.org Direct Relief International 27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 805-964-4767 www.directrelief.org Food for the Hungry, Inc. Food for the Hungry Asia Quake Relief 1224 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 800-2-HUNGERS www.fh.org
International Aid 17011 W. Hickory Spring Lake, MI 49456 800-968-7490 www.internationalaid.org
International Medical Corps Tsunami Emergency Response 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300 Santa Monica, CA 90404-1950 800-481-4462 www.imcworldwide.org
International Relief Teams Asia Earthquake/Floods 3547 Camino Del Rio South, Suite C San Diego, CA 92108 619-284-7979 www.IRTeams.org International Rescue Committee PO Box 5058 Hagerstown, MD 21741-9874 877-REFUGEE or 733-8433 www.theIRC.org Latter-Day Saint Charities Welfare Services Emergency Response 50 East North Temple Street, Room 701 Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-6800 801-240-3544 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lutheran World Relief South Asia Tsunami 700 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230 410-230-2700 www.lwr.org MAP International P.O. Box 215000 Brunswick, GA 31521 800-225-8550 www.map.org Mercy Corps Southeast Asia Earthquake Dept. W PO Box 2669 Portland, OR 97208-2669 800-852-2100 www.mercycorps.org Operation USA 8320 Melrose Ave. #200 Los Angeles, CA 90069 800-678-8876 www.opusa.org Oxfam America Asian Earthquake Fund PO Box 1211 Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211 800-77-OXFAM www.oxfamamerica.org Plan USA Asia Disaster 155 Plan Way Warwick, RI 02886 800-556-7918 www.planusa.org
Project Concern International Asia Tsunamis Press List 5151 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 320 San Diego, CA 92123 858-279-9690 www.projectconcern.org
Project HOPE Asia Tsunami Response 255 Carter Hall Lane Millwood, VA 22646 800-544-4673 www.projecthope.org
SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) South Asia Relief Fund 615 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA, 22313 800-SALV-ARMY Save the Children USA 54 Wilton Road Westport, CT 06880 1-800-728-3843 www.savethechildren.org Stop Hunger Now SE Asia crisis 2501 Clark Ave, Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27607 888-501-8440 www.stophungernow.org US Fund for UNICEF General Emergency Fund 333 E. 38th Street New York, NY 10016 800-4-UNICEF www.unicefusa.org World Concern Asia Earthquake and Tsunami 19303 Fremont Avenue North Seattle, WA 98133 800-755-5022 www.worldconcern.org
World Emergency Relief 2270-D Camino Vida Roble Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-930-8001 www.worldemergencyrelief.org World Vision P.O. Box 70288 Tacoma, WA 98481-0288 800-56-CHILD www.worldvision.org
Action Against Hunger (Dec 27, 04) Action Against Hunger has responded to the earthquake and aftershocks in south Asia by providing immediate assistance to the tsunami victims of Sri Lanka in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, and Jaffna. This includes construction of temporary latrines, trucking in water, and transportation of bodies to hospitals for identification. Assessments of need are under way in Indonesia and Burma, and more staff will arrive in the next few days to assist with relief efforts in the region. A shipment of additional emergency water and sanitation materials (water tanks, pumps and treatment supplies) will arrive in Sri Lanka within 24 hours.
ADRA International (Dec 27, 04) ADRA’s initial response has been working with one of the main hospitals in Phuket, Thailand. The situation is also being assessed in all affected countries and additional responses will be coordinated with other NGO's to prevent duplication of services and maximize resources. Donations for this reponse are being accepted under the Asia Quake Fund.
Air Serv Interational (Dec 27, 04) Air Serv has affiliates in the area around Indonesia.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. (Dec 27, 04) American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will work with partners on the ground to provide emergency supplies to victims of the tsunamis in South Asia.
American Jewish World Service (Dec 27, 04) For several years, AJWS has partnered with 22 non-governmental, community-based organizations in the region on sustainable community development projects. AJWS is working with these local groups to assess needs and provide emergency relief – food, water, shelter and medicine – and long-term development support.
AmeriCares (Dec 27, 04) In response to the earthquake and tsunamis that have devastated South Asia, AmeriCares is mobilizing a major airlift to Sri Lanka and planning additional relief shipments to other affected countries including Indonesia, India, and Thailand. The emergency airlift to Sri Lanka will deliver critically needed medicines and medical supplies, personal hygiene items, and water purification treatments to provide four million liters of clean drinking water to the affected areas.
Baptist World Aid (Dec 27, 04) Baptist World Aid is receiving donations of money, preferably by check, to channel to Baptist and other Christian groups in the effected countries. Many of these agencies are already offering immediate relief to those suffering from these tsunamis. Teams of Disaster relief workers, and Search and rescue teams are on stand by.
B’Nai B’Rith International (Dec 27, 04) B'nai B'rith International will open its Disaster Relief Fund to assist with the relief effort for victims of the earthquake and tsunami victims in South Asia who have been killed or left homeless. Contributions can be made payable to B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief and sent to B'nai B'rith International, 2020 K. Street, NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20006 or via a secure served at www.bnaibrith.org.
Brother's Brother Foundation (Dec 27, 04) BBF, working with Operation USA, Sri Venkateswara Temple(Pittsburgh, PA)and others, will be offering to provide requested medications such as pediatric and adult antibiotics and drugs for malaria to those in need in India and SriLanka. BBF is requesting additional medical donations. BBF will accept medical gifts-in-kind.
CARE (Dec 27, 04) CARE is responding in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand, mainly through the distribution of critical supplies.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) (Dec 27, 04) In one of the largest initial responses for emergency assistance in South and Southeast Asia, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has committed at least $500,000 to provide shelter and immediate healthcare needs to thousands devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunamis that hit the Bay of Bengal December 26. CRS and local partners immediately mobilized to the hardest hit areas of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. CRS response is expected to climb into the millions in order to meet emergency needs and for the subsequent rebuilding and rehabilitation of the region.
Christian Children's Fund (CCF) (Dec 27, 04) CCF is providing assistance in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, where emergency teams are on the ground. CCF is distributing blankets, utensils, and food. In addition, CCF will be assessing the special needs of children and will provide additional interventions. More detailed information can be found at: www.christianchildrensfund.org/donate/default.aspx?id=523
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) (Dec 27, 04) CRWRC has released $30,000 to purchase and distribute emergency food, water, and other supplies in Northern Sumatra (Indonesia), Sri Lanka, and coastal India. This response, and any additional future programming, will be carried out through CRWRC's local partners Eficor (India), the Southernpart Sumatra Christian Church (Indonesia), and the Dutch Reformed Church of Sri Lanka.
Church World Service (CWS) (Dec 27, 04) Church World Service (CWS) is undertaking a regional response to this emergency. Initially, Church World Service is responding with efforts in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. A team of Church World Service staff members in Indonesia will be assessing the affected province of Aceh and CWS expects to provide material assistance to disaster survivors there. In Sri Lanka, Church World Service is planning to deploy an emergency assistance team from its regional office in Pakistan/Afghanistan and will be supporting efforts by the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL). In India, CWS supporting efforts by Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), a long-time CWS partner, which is deploying two assessment teams to travel to the affected coastal areas.
Direct Relief International (Dec 27, 04) Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. We focus on health by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster. More detailed information can be found at: http://www.directrelief.org/sections/our_w...earthquake.html
Food for the Hungry (Dec 27, 04) Food for the Hungry is providing food, blankets, clothing & shelter as a first priority to Asia quake victims. Substantial relief will follow. To donate online: www.fh.org/main_donate To donate via phone: 1-800-2-HUNGERS. More details how FH is responding: http://www.fh.org//12-27-04 asiaquakekills20k and http://www.fh.org/relief_efforts
International Aid (Dec 27, 04) International Aid is seeking financial support to ship medical and other relief supplies to help victims of Sunday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Based in Michigan, the health focused Christian relief and develpment organization is responding with emergency and sustainable health care clinics for populations of 10,000. The agency has multiple clinics that can be shipped on very short notice.
International Medical Corps (IMC) (Dec 27, 04) International Medical Corps (IMC) is responding to the emergency health needs in Aceh, Indonesia. IMC is conducting an emergency assessment and preparing for the possible airlift of supplies to the region. IMC is coordinating its Indonesia relief operations with national and international disaster authorities.
International Relief Teams (IRT) (Dec 27, 04) IRT is accepting funds to help send desperately needed emergency medicines and supplies, and possibly emergency medical teams, to where they are most needed among the countries and communities most severely affected by the recent earthquake in Indonesia and subsequent flooding in neighboring countries.
International Rescue Committee (IRC) (Dec 27, 04) The International Rescue Committee has been operating relief programs in Northern Sumatra Provence of Aceh since 2001. In response to the recent tsunami, IRC's staff will respond with emergency water & sanitation interventions to prevent the spread of water-born diseases and provide emergency supplies and materials to people most affected by the crisis.
Latter-Day Saint Charities (Dec 27, 04) Latter-day Saint Charities is providing medical and other emergency relief supplies. An assessment team is traveling to the affected countries.
Lutheran World Relief (Dec 27, 04) Lutheran World Relief has released $20,000 to local partners for initial and immediate relief from the tsunamis. Funds will be used to provide up to 50,000 people with clean water and food in southern India; we are accepting funds via our "South Asia Tsunami" fund at www.lwr.org.
MAP International (Dec 27, 04) MAP International staff have begun preparing a shipment of medicines and medical supplies for the communities devasted by the tsunami on Sunday. Initial medical relief will target areas affected in Sri Lanka and Southern India. More information about MAP's response is available on the MAP web page: www.map.org
Mercy Corps (Dec 27, 04) Mercy Corps has deployed several humanitarian aid workers from its Indonesia and Sumatra field offices – in addition to a U.S.-based Global Emergency Operations team member – to visit the devastated areas and assess emergency assistance needs.
Operation USA (Dec 27, 04) Operation USA is providing funds and emergency supplies to program partners in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
Oxfam America (Dec 27, 04) Oxfam is working with its local partners in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to distribute food, water, plastic sheeting and other relief supplies.
Plan USA (Dec 27, 04) Plan USA is accepting funds for disaster relief efforts in devastated areas of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Project Concern International (PCI) (Dec 27, 04) PCI is in a unique situation to respond to the needs of villages in some of the hardest hit areas around Chennai in Tamil Nadu since local staff are there, their families are well-known locally, and PCI has an operational presence in Tamil Nadu about 300 kilometers away. PCI will work closely with its local staff and other development and relief agencies to assess the situation (both needs and resources), as well as to coordinate on a response to the most pressing needs.
Project HOPE (Dec 27, 04) Project HOPE will be responding to the disaster in south Asia with appropriate medical humanitarian assistance -- initially in Thailand, possibly in other affected countries, as need and resource and logistic questions are answered. We are seeking cash contributions from to support the shipments of medicines and medical supplies. Medical products accepted from the manufacturers as gifts-in-kind.
SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) (Dec 27, 04) Salvation Army personnel are based in many of the devastated areas and from the outset Salvation Army teams have been in the forefront of offering aid and relief to the people caught up in this unexpected tragedy. Salvation Army volunteers have been feeding over 1,200 people in the Kanyakumari and Muttom areas and many Army facilities are being used to provide feeding sites and emergency shelter throughout the region. Teams of local Salvation Army assessment personnel have been dispatched to assist the government and other agencies in their efforts to determine what the most pressing needs of the affected communities are. Save the Children USA (Dec 27, 04) Save the Children, which has been operating programs in areas hardest hit by the tidal waves for 30 years, is moving quickly to meet the basic needs of children and their families in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Stop Hunger Now (SHN) (Dec 27, 04) SHN will be working to channel aid to several partner organizations throughout the hardest hit regions. As an immediate response, funds will be wired as they are received. If requested by implementing partners, SHN will also coordinate shipping emergency food and needed relief commodities.
U.S. Fund for UNICEF (Dec 27, 04) UNICEF is responding wherever help is needed by providing immediate relief and delivering emergency supplies. To help support UNICEF's emergency relief efforts, please visit www.unicefusa.org or call 800-4UNICEF and please specify Southeast Asia Earthquake Relief.
World Concern (Dec 27, 04) World Concern will provide emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation to Tsunami victims in southern Thailand and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka we are working through local government agencies and churches, and providing medical support.
World Emergency Relief (Dec 27, 04) Cash and emergency commodities are being sent to Sri Lanka and Thailand. Commodities include food, new clothing and basic medical supplies. Our assessment team will secure delivery pipelines by New Year's Day. Gifts-in-Kind currently being accepted are: bulk food, over-the-counter medications, new clothing. ALL must be program appropriate for stricken region.
World Vision (Dec 27, 04) World Vision is currently has assessment teams in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia out in the field. We has already started doing relief distributions of food and non-food items in Sri Lanka and India. World Vision expects to increase the scope of their intervention once the teams have reported back.
(the above originally appeared on Reuters Alertnet, link is gone, but the addresses are staying here).
Noushin scrubbed her wet clothes on the flat river stone, glancing occasionally at Sholeh and Sharuz, their wet, plump bodies glistening in the sun. Noushin wasn't worried about the twins, the water was shallow, the sun was warm, and there was no one about to complain about their nakedness. She was a bit concerned, however, about Niki, the goat, who did not seem pleased at being dressed in Sholeh's best clothes. "Tuck it up higher," she called to them. "She might trip."
At sixteen, Noushin had little patience for overbearing busybodies, and her widowed status brought some measure of independence as a compensation for the poverty.
Although she could not say that she had come to love Akbar in the few weeks of their married life, her grief when he was killed in the massive air strikes of '05 was sincere. He died without knowing the secret she herself scarcely knew or comprehended. The twins were born a month to the day before her fourteenth birthday, and Noushin was not sure if the backbreaking, assiduous struggle to care for them, and keep them alive and healthy, was motivated by true maternal love or the simple desire to have playmates again.
According to the customs in her remote village, technically in Iran, some said, though so close to the Afghan border that the topic was a frequent subject of the kind of lively debate occasioned by a question of local interest whose answer makes absolutely no difference to local life, she should have stayed with Akbar's family and raised her children with the help and interference of dozens of in-laws, but Akbar was the only son, his mother had died when he was born, and his sisters had spread out across the globe, married with families of their own.
She could have gone with her father-in-law to live with his youngest daughter in Turkmenistan, but the ravages of war, and the question of whether an aged blind man would count as a valid chaperone for several days' journey in the company of the sisters' husband and the half-dozen Turkmen brothers and cousins he had brought with him rendered the invitation lukewarm, and her politely regretful decline of it less of a scandal than her acceptance would have been.
So she stayed in her little mud-walled enclosure, barely more than a cave, and managed to provide enough basic care, and avoid enough social opprobrium, to at last have her longed-for playmates, though she had little time to play with them, she made a face at the pile of clothes still unwashed. She wanted to dress up the goat, too.
Boykin motioned to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Ricardo Sanchez to sit down. Although he admired Sanchez' steadfastness in the wake of the media frenzy over the souvenir photos that had found their way into the media Back Then, he was not comfortable with the man's ethnicity. Still, he had to admit that Sanchez had pulled his weight in containing the situation, and privately, had accepted full responsibility for his error in failing to implement a strict camera ban. In fairness, though, Boykin reflected, the real heroes in that incident were the American people, who reaffirmed his faith in them by accepting the photos as what they were: American soldiers just wanting to show the folks back home that they could do their jobs defending freedom and have a little fun at the same time, that life in theatre wasn't all about sweltering behind shitty buildings and getting your legs blown off by improvised explosive devices. It was generally conceded that overall, the photos had boosted morale at home, as well as on the battlefield. Boykin chuckled to himself. Five years later, and all the new recruits and Selectees alike STILL wanted to work the Ghraib.
"So, tell me how this works, exactly."
"The Citizen Defenders Program, sir," is the kind of innovative, outside the box pro-active strategy that the nation needs to win the War on Terror," Sanchez began.
Boykin waved his hand impatiently. "Don't recite the press release to me, Rico-Suave. Just tell me how the damn thing works."
"Yes, sir. A company in Texas has developed a highly sophisticated and adaptable system of remote weapons activation, which the Core of Engineers has reconfigured and customized to dovetail with current operational needs in critical corridor sectors."
"Damn it, boy! I said don't read me the press release. Tell me in English. You were born here, weren't you. Don't tell me you don't speak English."
"It's like an online computer game, sir. The Citizen Defender, stateside, clicks his mouse, and destroys whatever target we assign him, wherever on earth it is, sir."
"And how much will this cost us to set up?"
"A lot, sir. But the Citizen Defenders pay to play. The program will pay for itself and then some, within the year. We have already have paid applications from almost every Professional and Preferred adult in the country, and about 80% of the minors."
Boykin threw back his head and laughed. "God bless the Resolve and Patriotism of the American people, Sanchez. Put your faith in them and you can't go wrong. How soon can we have this thing up and running?" posted at
Friday, December 17, 2004 | God's wayward Children of Israel
Haley's Nose, America 2009, Part 3 "Now I won't be offended if you don't want to answer, but where do you get them?"
Haley grinned at Rick and dipped her roti in the small bowl of thick, creamy raita.
"You won't believe it, but I scavenge them. You know, from houses, when people are Priced Out. They leave most of their stuff, it's not like they can take it with them, whether they go Informal or GoodJob. I wait a few days, let whoever comes first get the other stuff, then I move in and get the books. I guess you could say I'm a bottom feeder."
"So, these books people pay you hundreds of dollars for, those same people could just get them free if they went to an abandoned house?"
"YES!" Haley dissolved in giggles. "Is that a hoot, or what? And I only get those big sales once in a while, as you know all too well," she gestured at her complimentary dinner.
"And sometimes you practically give them away."
"Less often than sometimes. Like practically never. I can't afford to. Haley helped herself to more roti. "I did today, though. It was, I dunno, this little kid, there was this book about different religions, written for children, and he was all, ohh, the blue people! I mean, what can you do?"
"You can eat this biryani," said Rick. "Otherwise it'll go to waste."
Secretary Falwell did not like taking questions from the press. In fact, he abhorred it. So much so that lately he had begun to question the need for a press at all. He prayed about it often, asking God to lay a Word of Wisdom on his heart, that he could in turn lay on the desk of Vice President Emeritus Rove, at whose behest he was here today. Even if an argument could be made that the American public needed any more information than was disseminated by the White House press secretary, Falwell could find no justification at all for continuing to permit the existence of foreign media. As he had told Boykin the other day, allowing these hotbeds of anti-Americanism to have television stations and newspapers was technically speaking, giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
"I know we've had our differences, Jerry," Boykin had said. "But I hope you know, I'm with you on this one. It's a slow process, but we'll get there."
The process was too slow for Falwell. It had taken him almost two years to make the No-Read lists a reality. It could have gone a lot faster had Falwell not stood firm on the Books of Faith Whitelist.
The battle had been worth it, though. Now no book pertaining to religion could be printed, published or sold in the US or its Occupied Territories without first passing muster with Falwell himself.
"Congress shall pass no law," he had begun his remarks at THAT press conference, "and Congress has passed no law. This does not however, give the government of the people license to shirk its duty to protect our Homeland from the Devil.
And as long as we allow our printing presses, our publishing houses, and our bookstores, to corrupt themselves and our blessed children with works of blasphemy, idolatry, and terror, we have shirked our duty.
Today, we ask God for forgiveness, and we ask you, the American people, for forgiveness, and pledge to you a New Leaf, a New Day in the Lord, as we cast this sin from us."
Falwell's Whitelist was not a long one, and it did not include the Koran, the Bhagvad-Gita, the Maharabata, the Granth, Bibles except the King James Version (that had caused the Vatican to break off diplomatic relations with the US, which Falwell considered they should never have had in the first place). He prayed hard over the touchy subject of Torah scrolls, until some Words of Wisdom had been laid upon his heart, and some Freewill Gifts had been laid upon his hand, the latter from some shadowy figures in the NSA that Falwell had not realized were interested in religion at all.
So the scrolls stayed, as did the synagogues, but stationed outside the door of each was a team from the Department of Values, who maintained a constant prayer vigil that God's wayward Children of Israel would accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, interrupted only for the purpose of giving witness to those entering or leaving the temple, and beseeching them to embrace their only path to salvation, be washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
Attendance had dropped rapidly and dramatically. Most Jews now worshipped discreetly in private homes, as did all Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Catholics, and everybody else. This was, of course, a privilege reserved for Preferreds. GoodJobbers and GuestJobbers were considered to be doing the Lord's work of keeping the American economy strong every day without the need for formal worship, and Falwell doubted that Informals had any religion at all, and their precarious existence was punishment for it.
"So," the lawyer held out both hands, palm up. "Good news and bad news."
"Good news first," said Roger, rubbing his own palms on his twill workpants, trying to dry them.
"Well, I was able to pull a few strings to get some info on MariLuz. Turns out her grandmother is an elder of sorts in a clan of the Tarasco tribe in Michoacan. That means, if we can get her out of Approval, and into Mexico, she has a home, and tribal custom says that as her family, so do you and Chuchito. Legally, it should be doable, as Compassionate Deportation, from Patriot IV, or from Native Repatriation, from Reservation Protection II. That's the one that is typically used to root out Native Americans and transfer them to Reservations, but since Mexico is now only semi-autonomous, meaning it is technically under US jurisdiction, we can also argue that MariLuz has the option to waive Approval status and request Repatriation."
"Great," Roger felt a shiver of hope, but kept his emotions in check. "What's the bad news?"
"The bad news," replied Ben, "is that you'd be living in a mountain village so remote that almost no one there has ever seen a car. Only a handful of people speak Spanish, and those that do speak it as a distant second language. You'll have to learn Tarasco. There is no electricity, no running water, no telephone, and you'll live out your lives there living in a house made of sticks and leaves, maybe a little mud in winter, and you'll survive on whatever you can scratch out by walking behind an ox and an iron plow."
"with MariLuz and Chuchito?'
"Yes, all three of you."
Roger grinned. "I thought you said there was BAD news. How soon can we go?" posted at
Friday, December 03, 2004 | Defense Secretary William Boykin frowned. "Eleven?"
"The President for Life, um, misspoke, sir," Chief of Staff Rick Santorum looked uncomfortable. "The Selection applies to offspring of GuestJobbers, sir.. Not Goodjobbers. The media has already been alerted, and the correction is out now. If I may, sir," and without waiting for an answer touched a switch on Boykin's desk.
The screenbank came to life. Every screen had the correction in its crawl line.
Boykin sat back, relieved. "Ah, Mexican kids."
"And only in support positions sir. Kitchen and whatnot."
"Well that makes sense," Boykin grinned. "In their blood, isn't it?"
"Not that I object on the basis, but the logistics, you know, there are advantages to small troops in operations, but you can go too far in that direction, and what have you got? A C-130's worth of Honorable Unusables every couple of hours, and DOV will raise a stink unless you bring back actual remains for a Christian burial."
Although Boykin was a Man of Faith, his relationship with Secretary of Values The Reverend Jerry Falwell was not without friction. Both men attributed it to wartime tension.
Santorum, sensing his audience was over, collected his papers. Neither noticed the man with the cleaning cart outside the open door.
Roger pushed his cart down the hall and into the next office. Unlike Boykin's, it was empty. In this administration, it was only the bigwigs - and Roger - who were still around at 4 AM.
Roger had avoided GoodJob status by virtue of his long-time Federal employment. He was grandfathered in as a Federal Protected, and even assigned a Preferred card, which carried with it the privilege of living off-compound. It did not, however, carry with it the privilege of an Approval Exemption for MariLuz, and he had had to throw himself on the mercy of his boss and a long chain of higher-ups to get an exemption for Chuchito. "Jesus Rogelio," MariLuz had whispered to him, when their son was only a few minutes old. It seemed like another lifetime, but it was barely seven years ago. And barely three when they came for MariLuz.
"Approved," they called it. Approved for the GuestJob program. GuestJobbers did not enjoy the same luxuries as the GoodJobbers. Instead of bunks, they had thin foam mats, 100 to a cell, one communal shower a week, and one Nutri-Loaf for every twelve hours worked. Hours were steady, 24 on, 8 off. There were no Vacation Hours. Phone calls, letters, visits, were forbidden, and no Family Hours. The silver lining was, unlike GoodJobbers, GuestJobbers actually received a small amount of cash for their work, which they could either deposit into a bank account to take care of their final expenses, or opt for General Disposal when that time came, and have the money sent directly to family back home.
GuestJobbers' children were kept in cells identical to those inhabited by workers, the only difference being smaller mats for the younger children. Infants received formula for one year, then a gradual weaning to pureed, then solid Nutri-Loaf. At age five, they began their year of Intensive 3R, after which they were assigned cleanup and landscape tasks around the facility. Unless they were Selected, or Empowered as Givers. Few GuestJobbers voluntarily brought children with them. Almost all the kids in the facility were the result of Approval Roundups.
Roger's job required very little thought, so he was able to spend every waking minute trying to figure out some way to get MariLuz out of the Approval Facility to which she had been assigned, and be a father to Chuchito, who still cried for his Mami at night.
He had a ray of hope. A lawyer, an old friend from Back Then, had found some text in a forgotten corner of Patriot IV that could possibly be interpreted as a provision for Compassionate Deportation.
Roger didn't know much about subsistence farming, and had no illusions about the quality of life he was likely to find in the Mexican Semi-Autonomous region, where things were so bad people were streaming into the US to get jobs as GuestJobbers, but if men and women were not segregated at the Approval Facility, and he didn't have Chuchito, he would gladly have claimed to be Mexican and Approved himself, just to be with his wife again.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell bowed his grey head. "Thank you, Lord, for blessing the work of this great Task Force, and thank you for the gift of this miracle of technology, thy Blessed Rod of the Latter Days."
Falwell raised his head and smiled at the men at the conference table. Before him sat the newest revision of the Juvenile Tasering Guidelines prepared by the Task Force for Chastity and Godliness.
"Brethren, I commend you," the Secretary of Values smiled. The Task Force was one of his favorite projects.
"I don't mind telling you that I believe it is another Heavenly Sign that within the framework of the Constitution of the United States, remember, Congress has passed no law - that we have been able to bring so many souls to Christ."
"Sir, you know there's a new video -" began the man on Falwell's right.
"Yes, Mr. Reed, I have heard about it, the CIA has not yet confirmed its authenticity, but in any event, it was to be expected. That the enemies of America, the messengers of Satan, attack our every move toward bringing our Homeland to the Path of Righteousness is no surprise."
They were referring to a video received that morning by Al Jazeera, purportedly from the head of the European branch of Amnesty International. Now in its fourth year on the Pentagon's list of terrorist organizations, AI did little, at least publicly, besides issue communiques delivered by men in ski masks. This particular videotape excoriated the US for the routine use of Tasers on children and elderly people.
"Nobody takes these thugs seriously. Except the Anti-Terrorism Agency," Falwell chuckled.
"And our mortality rates in all tests were well within range," replied Reed.
"Richard, here on earth, our mortality rate is one hundred percent," Falwell rested his hands on the report. "I prefer to see the forgiveness of a loving God who rewards even these young sinners with Eternal Life. Now I don't know about you gentlemen, but I'm ready to accept some of God's bounty in the form of lunch!"
Haley was having a slow day. Buoyed by recent success, she had decided to try her luck on a new street. Apparently the Preferreds in this neighborhood were not interested either in reading or giving the impression that they did. She was just about to flip the tarp and move on when she saw the man and the little boy.
"Hey, is that what I think it is?" the man asked eagerly, pointing to a book whose cover was only partly visible behind some others.
Smiling, Haley took it out. "It's new," she said. "As you can see, most of them aren't."
"Chuchito, I think we've found your birthday present," the man handed the book down to the little boy. "He had one, well, Back Then," he said to Haley, his voice low. "It was his favorite." He shrugged. "Weird kid."
"DAD!" Chuchito shrieked, "This IS it!" He sat down on the sidewalk and began turning the pages. "There they are!" The blue people!" He looked up at Haley. "They are so cool!"
"Whoa, son," laughed Roger. "We haven't bought it yet. How much?" he looked at Haley, hoping he had enough money. No-Read books weren't cheap, and this one was new, not to mention...
Haley noticed the embroidered nametag on Roger's shirt. He might be a Preferred, but he was no professional, and if this was the kid's favorite book, so much so that he remembered it from Back Then...
"Twenty bucks," said Haley, grinning at Chuchito. "Birthday present."
"Thanks, but I can't let you do that," Roger opened his wallet.
"You just did!" Haley's hand darted out, grabbed a twenty, flipped down the pushcart's plastic tarp, and was halfway down the block before Roger was quite sure what had happened.
"Thanks, Dad!," breathed Chuchito, cross-legged on the sidewalk, happily re-acquainting himself with his Forbidden Book, "The Kid's Guide to World Religions." posted at
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill