URGENT WINTER APPEAL TO UK: Call for Warm Winter Baby Clothes, Blankets, After Freezing Deaths of Children in Afghanistan Last Winter

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Ralph58 Sat 06-Oct-12 01:02:03

LINKED AT:
www.britishafghanwomen.org/2/2012/10/05/urgent-winter-appeal/

Please disseminate widely

Encouraged by their success last Spring in delivering 2 1/2 tons of warm winter baby clothes, blankets, and supplies to the refugee camps in Kabul, in response to the news of the freezing deaths of at least 23 infants the previous Winter, a group of citizens from different countries and all walks of life are aiming to repeat and expand the project, this time before winter hits hardest in Afghanistan.

This Fall's project has been named Deadra's Flight, after the wife of Myron Stokes of Global HeavyLift Holdings in Michigan, USA. Mr. Stokes, IN COORDINATION WITH THE BRITISH AFGHAN WOMEN'S SOCIETY, is coordinating the air transportation of the mercy load as he did last Spring. Mrs. Stokes, Deadra, recently passed away. The project is named in tribute to her generous spirit.

The freezing deaths of the children last winter were due to a lack of adequate clothing, blankets, heating fuel, and food. The people of the camps live in unheated tents in the Winter.

AS THE CARGO IS DEPARTING ON OCT. 15 AN URGENT REQUEST IS BEING MADE FOR donations of blankets, warm baby clothes, children's clothes, boots, shoes, scarves, powdered milk, and baby formula. They are being accepted by the British Afghan Women?s Society in London at the postal delivery address:

Community House, 311, Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ, London, UK

It is requested that the items be packed in cardboard boxes. Any questions regarding items, delivery, or volunteer help for the project can be directed to Zarghona Rassa of the British Afghan Women's Society at:

baws_uk@yahoo.com and/or info@britishafghanwomen.org

TELEPHONE: 0044(0)208 3736350

Monetary donations are also being accepted by the British Afghan Women's Society for the project. American credit cards can be used even though donations are denominated in British pounds. A small conversion fee may be charged. Please reference donation with the note "winter012."

British Afghan Women?s Society online donation link.

Checks and money orders payable to British Afghan Women?s Society may be sent to (reference: winter012):

British Afghan Women's Society
Room 4, Community House
311 Fore Street
London, N9 0PZ

Further donation information:

www.britishafghanwomen.org/2/fundraising/ways-to-donate/

It is estimated that about 35,000 people are living in makeshift camps in and around Kabul, the vast majority of them fleeing the violence of the war throughout the country. In Kabul, their lives are harsh and plagued by hunger, sickness, and lack of basic necessities. Winter brings the additional, often deadly, challenge of sub-freezing temperatures, which hits the youngest children the hardest.

The New York Times last winter reported in-depth on the freezing deaths of at least 23 children under age five. Because their bodies are small, they are drawn of body heat quickly when they lack sufficient warm winter clothing, blankets, and calories to help maintain body temperature. The deaths usually happen at night when the temperatures plunge to their lowest points. In February of this year, Andrew North of the BBC reported the story of Mr. Samid Gul, who had recently lost an infant daughter. Mr. Gul said:

"We were up all night trying to keep her warm, but there weren't enough blankets. Then we heard her cough. It was her last breath."

Frigid temperatures which for adults are miserable and even dangerous are all the more so for small children.

Further information:

New York Times: "Cold Weather Kills Children in Afghan Refugee Camps," 2/4/2012
www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/world/asia/cold-weather-kills-children-in-afghan-refugee-camps.html?_r=1

New York Times: "Uncovering the Sadness of Young Deaths," 2/8/2012
lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/uncovering-the-sadness-of-young-deaths/?scp=1&sq=nordland&st=cse

BBC: "Children freeze to death in Kabul winter," 2/21/2012
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17118787

Ismail's Flight: "Volunteers, Airlines Lift Tons of Baby Clothes to Refugees Fleeing War in Afghanistan"
asimov52.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/unusually-cold-afghanistan-winter-takes-toll-on-the-most-vulnerable/?goback=.gde_3364427_member_104765832

Photographs from Ismail"s Flight (Gallery)
afghanexitstrategy.blogspot.com/2012/04/photo-gallery-of-ismails-flight-march.html

catwomanlikesmeatballs Tue 09-Oct-12 14:18:27

Those poor people, imagine having to watch your child freeze to death or be that childsad, thanks for posting this.

Ralph58 Sat 20-Oct-12 23:42:44

UPDATE: THE DEADLINE FOR THE COLLECTION OF WINTER BABY ITEMS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 29! CARGO WILL BEGIN TO LOAD ON OCT. 30. AN URGENT REQUEST IS BEING MADE FOR donations of blankets, warm baby clothes, children's clothes, boots, shoes, scarves, powdered milk, and baby formula. They are being accepted by the British Afghan Women's Society in London at the postal delivery address:

Community House, 311, Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ, London, UK

It is requested that the items be packed in cardboard boxes. Any questions regarding items, delivery, or volunteer help for the project can be directed to Zarghona Rassa of the British Afghan Women's Society at:

baws_uk@yahoo.com and/or info@britishafghanwomen.org

TELEPHONE: 0044(0)208 3736350

SinisterBuggyMonth Sun 21-Oct-12 00:46:36

Glad they have extended the date, as I only read this on the old deadline.

Have u thought of putting this on AIBU? as thats where its busiest?

MayTheOddsBeEverInYourFavour Sun 21-Oct-12 00:55:18

Thank you so much for posting this, we have lots of blankets etc and would love to help

troubador Sun 21-Oct-12 22:04:23

Is there some way we could organise regional collections for this stuff?

I'm in Bucks and would happily drive to Edmonton to deliver my stuff. Seems that I could take stuff from other people locally as well?

Zaro Tue 23-Oct-12 21:42:07

Donations are now said to be collected for take off Evening of Thursday 25th Oct. Final day for accepting is also Thursday around 5pm.

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