Rory Stewart MP backs a new Asia Scotland Institute relief effort to help victims of the deadly landslide in Afghanistan
It is one of the worst natural disasters in Afghanistan’s history.
Hundreds of homes were buried when a landslide engulfed a remote village in the northeast of the country earlier this month.
The death toll remains uncertain. Some estimates put it as high as 2,700.
Today the Asia Scotland Institute launches a relief effort to support victims of the disaster. And Rory Stewart MP, a member of our International Advisory Council, has given his support to the initiative. Rory has lived in Afghanistan and set up the charity Turquoise Mountain there.
The Asia Scotland Institute relief initiative has two aims: to support children orphaned by the landslide, and to contribute towards efforts to rebuild homes in the devasted area.
Funds raised will be directed towards those in need through Merlin, a UK-based health charity with a longstanding presence in Badakhshan Province, where the disaster happened. Merlin, which recently merged with Save the Children, is currently operating a mobile health team at the site.
“This landslide has been a terrible tragedy, hitting one of the world’s poorest and most isolated communities,” Rory said.
“Merlin is a great organisation doing wonderful work on the ground. Any support anyone can provide will make an enormous difference to thousands of lives. Please give generously.”
Please make a donation to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, from which money is going directly to Afghanistan.
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