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CAIR-OH: Muslims Hold Vigil for Quake Victims

CAIR-OH: Muslims Hold Vigil for Quake Victims

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 11/10/05) – On November 8, the Columbus office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ohio (CAIR-OH) and the Ohio chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA-Ohio) held a vigil at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus to help raise awareness of the plight of victims of the South Asian earthquake. The vigil was part of an international effort coordinated by saquake.org.

“This is a critical time for those who have been made homeless by the earthquake in South Asia,” said Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, vice-president of CAIR-Ohio. “As winter arrives, many families are in danger of freezing to death because of lack of shelter and resources. We are trying to help in whatever ways we can.”

Last month, CAIR-OH organized a medical supply packing session during which more than 40 volunteers from across Ohio packed 8,000 pounds and almost 200 boxes of medical supplies and equipment for relief efforts in Pakistan and Kashmir.

Volunteers from CAIR-Ohio, APPNA-Ohio, the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, Medhelp of Akron/Cleveland, and others packed supplies at Medwish International, a medical supply resource in Cleveland that makes medical supplies available for donation to needy areas around the world.

APPNA is coordinating the transport of the supplies and equipment packed in Ohio to needed areas in Pakistan. APPNA physicians providing medical relief have received and used some of these supplies to treat patients in earthquake-affected areas. More boxes from this shipment are scheduled to reach Pakistan this weekend and will be distributed based on need.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, vice-president of CAIR-Ohio (614-560-0272, mobin-uddin.4@osu.edu) or Adnan Mirza, director of CAIR-Ohio (614-451-3232, director@cair-ohio.com)

 

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