The targeted orgy of violence against
the people of Gujarat, especially the minorities, has
left in its wake despondency and desperation. It has
already claimed the lives of more than 2000 Indian citizens,
and turned over 100,000 into refugees in their own land.
Even as we issue this appeal - the violence continues.
Islands of terrorized survivors huddle together across
the state in over 100 miserable relief camps, in both
urban and rural areas. Betrayed by neighbours and friends,
left for dead by the state, they are a truly broken
The relief camps, being run largely
by members of the affected minority community, are being
able to provide no more than minimal conditions for
survival. Many rural camps are simply large clearings
with thin tattered sheets strung overhead; the sides
are open and hot winds continually buffet the human
beings scattered like debris around the compound. In
one of the largest camps in Ahmedabad there are only
22 toilets for over 12,000 refugees - that's over 500
people per toilet! Disease is spreading. In the relief
camp at Godhra over 40 children are already suffering
To make matters worse, the Gujarat
government is threatening closure of many camps, and
forcing people back into the very villages and neighborhoods
where they were brutalized. If camps organizers refuse
to comply, even the minimum government subsidy of Rs.
15 worth of food grains and Rs. 5 for miscellaneous
expenses per person is being withdrawn. This has already
happened in Dahod District where at least 5 relief camps
have been forcibly shut.
But the worst may still be round
the corner. The summer heat and the June monsoon may
be the last straw that breaks the will of these people
who have survived what no human should have to live
through. They have seen their children killed, maimed
and orphaned; women stripped, raped, and burnt; their
life savings destroyed - ashes scattered to the wind.
Can their bruised and battered bodies survive the searing
sun and relentless rain? They need your help. Shelters
have to be built on an emergency basis, tarpaulin tents
provided, food and medicine is urgently needed.
This is a dark hour for India. Your
help will ensure not only the survival of these brutalized
people, but create hope for the survival of Gujarat
as the land of Gandhiji and hope for India as a secular
democracy - a country of which we can be proud once
In Delhi cash donations can be made
to members of AMAN EKTA MANCH against a receipt.
c/o Jagori, C-54 (top floor)
New Delhi 1100049.
Telephones: 91-11-6257015 and 91-11-6253629.
Cash donations can also be made
to Jaya Srivastava of AMAN EKTA MANCH by contacting
Telephone: 91-11-6523395 and 91-11-6523417.
In Ahmedabad cash donations can
be made to members of CITIZENS INITIATIVE against a
St.Xaviers Social Service Society
P.O. Box 4088
Nr. Kamdev Mahadev Mandir
Ahmedabad 380 009
Indian and Foreign cheques/drafts
can be made to either of the following:
Please Mark 'Gujarat Relief' at
the back of all cheques/drafts. Those donors who wish
to give their names and contact/email addresses should
write them at the back of the checks.
1. In the name of St. Xaviers Social
Service Society, and sent to St. Xaviers Social Service
Society, P.O. Box 4088, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, 380009,
2.In the name of SAHAJ and sent
to Sahaj, 1 Tejas Apartments, 53 Haribhakti Colony,
Race Course, Vadodara 390007, India.
3.Those who wish to give aid to
rural relief camps in two of the worst affected districts
of Gujarat - Panchmahals and Dahod - should make their
checks/drafts in the name of ANANDI, and send them to
Anandi, Akshardeep A Apartment, G 3, Jalaram 3, opposite
Setu Pani, University Road, Rajkot 60005, Gujarat
4.In the name of Action Aid Society
(for Aman Samudaya), and sent to Action Aid, 71 Uday
Park, New Delhi 110049. India. (note: Only Indian checks
can be accepted by Action Aid. Foreign checks/drafts
should only be sent to any of the other three addresses
5.In addition to emergency relief
and survival measures, legal aid to the victims is also
being provided by several volunteer based legal cells.
Funds are needed for paper work, court fees, and to
support travel, board and lodging of the legal aid volunteers
working in the relief camps. Those who wish to earmark
their donations specifically for legal aid can make
cheques/drafts (both Indian and Foreign) out to St.
Xaviers Social Service Society according to details
Please mark 'for Gujarat Legal Aid'
at the back of these cheques/drafts.
Name of Account: St. Xaviers Social
Account number: 01100050714, State Bank of India main
branch (0301), Bhadra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001, India
Swift Number: SBININMBBA204
All Indian donations are tax exempt
under Section 80 G.
More Information Contact
Kiran Sahi or Malvika
Action Aid. Telephones: 91-11-6510254 / 351
Vani Subramanian (Saheli).
Telephone: 91-11- 6854504.
Bhavna Ramrakhiani (Ahmedabad Community
Sejal Dand (Anandi/Citizens Initiative):
Stalin K.(Drishti/Citizens Initiative):
Phone: 91-79- 6840002.
A joint appeal issued by
CITIZENS INITIATIVE (Ahmedabad), AMAN EKTA MANCH (Delhi)
and SHANTI ABHIYAN (Vadodara)
May 1ST, 2002