Appeal For Afghan Refugees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (USA for UNHCR), a charity based in Washington, DC, has launched an urgent appeal for private donations to benefit Afghan refugees who are fleeing into Pakistan and other neighboring countries. The campaign seeks to highlight the needs of millions of innocent victims attempting to escape war-torn Afghanistan. "Americans understand what it means to run away from repressive leaders," says USA for UNHCR Executive Director Jeffrey Meer, "and we need to assist these innocent victims of terror right now." UNHCR is presently providing relief to more than 2 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, 1.5 million in Iran, and more than 100,000 in other neighboring countries. Some 80 percent of these refugees are women and children. As many as 1.5 million additional Afghans may try to flee into Pakistan, Iran and Tajikistan in the coming weeks. UNHCR will provide emergency food, medical care, tents, blankets, kitchen utensils, and clean water for the refugees. USA for UNHCR is mindful that many Americans are focused on stopping terrorism, so that the madness of September 11 is never repeated. "Americans are responding generously to the needs of affected families and communities in New York and Washington," says Meer. "And now, a similar response is being generated for innocent Afghan victims who also suffer from the effects of terrorism and persecution. Without our help, thousands of Afghans could perish in the coming weeks," says Meer. UNHCR last week launched a worldwide appeal for $268 million to meet the needs of the humanitarian crisis in and around Afghanistan. Already many individuals have responded, including actress Angelina Jolie, who gave $1 million for the fund. Signaling the importance of this need, the US Government has contributed an initial $4 million. UNHCR was established in 1951 to protect and provide assistance to uprooted persons worldwide. The organization has twice won the Nobel Prize for Peace. Donations can be made by calling 800-770-1100, or at http://www.usaforunhcr.org . Checks can be sent to: USA for UNHCR, 1775 K Street, NW, Suite 290, Washington, DC 20006. USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X87257292
SOURCE United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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