US Expatriate Sikhs Offer Direct Aid to Pakistani Earthquake Victims

December 3, 2005

Source: New Kerala News/ANI

On December 3, 2005 Asian News International reported, "Several groups of Non-Resident Indian [NRI] Sikhs have started relief operations in the quake-ravaged regions of Pakistan Kashmir.

Sikhs from America have set up makeshift camps and are also organizing community meals for the people living in remote villages of Muzaffarabad, the epicentre of the October 8 earthquake.

The American Sikhs have raised as much as 40 million rupees in aid for the quake victims, [a] majority of whom are still living out in the open in biting cold and snowfall. The amount will be distributed to the affected people both in cash and kind.

Pritpal Singh, co-ordinator [of the] American Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee, said that they have under the aegis of the 'Gurudwara Relief Fund' also distributed medicines and blankets to the displaced people."