Aid Workers In Pakistan Urge Australians -time Is Running Out!

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18 AUGUST 2010          

Aid Workers in Pakistan Urge Australians -Time is Running Out!

Act for Peace’s partners responding to the floods in Pakistan welcome the Australian

Government’s $25 million increase to the response effort though insist the need is much greater

and time is running out. 

Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is

asking the Australian public to support the response as a matter of urgency.

Marvin Parvez, Regional Direct of Act for Peace’s Pakistan partner said, “We are running out of

time. The people of Pakistan are being forced further into chronic poverty. Cholera and dysentery

are spreading, with further rainfall predicted this week. The massive food, health, shelter, water,

education and livelihood needs are continuing to increase.”

Mr Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Act for Peace said, “At 20 million, the number of flood

victims requiring humanitarian assistance is almost the same as Australia’s population. We are

hoping each Australian will realise that someone just like them needs help. 

“The need is not just immediate as the long-term effects of the floods are massive. The

destruction to farming communities alone – now with billions of dollars of lost crops – combined

with the damage to road, health, education, communication, and community infrastructure across

vast stretches of the country is a threat to the core of the entire nation. 

“An inadequate response also risks the further opening of space for militant groups who wish to

extend their influence within Pakistan’s fragile democracy”, said Mr Gee.

Act for Peace’s partners in the ACT Alliance have rushed emergency food and medical

assistance to affected communities. They are currently deploying more than 1,600 tons of food

aid to 70,000 people in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkwha and Balochistan. Mobile and fixed

health teams have already provided care to thousands in flood-affected areas.

Our partners are also leading the way on being accountable to affected communities, providing

training for other agencies on accountability and enhancing the dignity of the people affected by

this tragedy.

1800 025 101

For more information or to arrange interviews with project workers on the ground: contact

Edwyn Shiell, 0458 303 515,

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