(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/7/2007) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for international humanitarian relief for millions of South Asians suffering from the worst flooding in recent memory.
Hundreds have died, hundreds of thousands remain marooned or homeless and up to 50 million people in Bangladesh and India have had their lives disrupted by the flooding.
SEE: South Asian Flood Victims Await Help (Reuters)
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We offer condolences to the loved ones of those who have died, pray that those in the path of the flooding will remain safe and urge both our government and the international community to do whatever is possible to relieve the suffering caused by this terrible natural disaster. In past international disasters, swift American relief efforts have demonstrated our nation’s true values of compassion and generosity.”
CAIR also called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to donate to help provide relief aid to the stricken region.
SEE: South Asia Flood Crisis
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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