Four Members Of The European Parliament Decided To Roll Up Their Sleeves And Help The Flood Victims

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Four Members of the European Parliament Decided to Roll up Their Sleeves and Help the

Flood Victims of Gilgit-Baltistan

BRUSSELS, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Four Members of the European Parliament Jurgen Creutzmann, Michael

Theurer, Marietje Schaake and Thomas Mann decided to directly help the flood

victims of the Pakistan-administered region of Gilgit Baltistan, north of

Kashmir, as soon as it became evident that the central Pakistani government

was not distributing the international funds arriving in Islamabad to this

region. The European Parliament Members therefore created a non-profit

organisation named "Friends of Gilgit Baltistan".

    "When I learnt that the Pakistani government was doing nothing to help

this hard hit region, I decided to create a non-profit organisation in

order to be able to collect funds for the 15,000 or so displaced people of

the region of Gilgit Baltistan", explained Jurgen Creutzmann, the president

of the newly created organisation.


Ms Schaake added: "It is only by transferring the collected monetary

means directly to humanitarian NGOs in the region that we can truly ensure

that the funds reach those most in need. People in need should not become the 

victims of political problems on top of their humanitarian suffering. 

Children are especially vulnerable in the aftermath of disasters."

    Michael Theurer agreed with the others and said: "We have to help ensure

that international aid reaches all affected by the floods; the Pakistani

government should feel an equal responsibility for all its citizens."

    "What we are doing is true activism and not just empty talk, as so many

politicians love to do. That makes me proud and I hope that we could reduce

the plight of the people of Gilgit Baltistan a little", Thomas Mann said.


    SOURCE: Friends of Gilgit-Baltistan

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