[Caption: Chinese rescue workers carry a body of an earthquake victim in the badly stricken town of Yingxiu, in Wenchuan County of southwest China’s Sichuan province, 26 May 2008]
I have been wanting to write about some other subject but the fallout from the earthquake is become worse and worse so that it is difficult for me to think about other subjects. To date more than 60,000 people are dead and thousands more are missing. Millions of people have been displaced with five million people being homeless. The good news is that there has been an outpouring of public engagement by the Chinese people in this time of need. The government has also reversed the one-child policy rule for couples who have lost their only child in the earthquake.
Muslim Aid in UK is working with the Islamic Union of Hong Kong in the relief effort. They have allocated 30,000 pounds for the aid in Sichuan. Muslims in Hungary have donated $206,000 for the aid effort according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. I have also heard unconfirmed reports that the Chengdu mosque has been damaged. If anyone knows for sure please let me know. In most schools in the US student organizations are inactive during the summer otherwise I would have advised the MSAs to either pair up with the Chinese Student Organizations on campus. If on the other hand they are still active then this would be a good idea.
If you in UK then you can donate via Muslim Aid via the Muslim Aid Wesite for Sichuan
If you are in USA or in other countries then you can donate via Islamic Relief Website for Sichuan