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Kashmir Unrest 2016

Kashmir is currently in, what can arguably be called as ‘all time low’ in the recent history. Four months of shut down, thousands injured, hundreds blinded and close to a 100 killed. Kashmir has suffered a heavy dent on all fronts this summer. CHINAR International in the first couple of weeks understood the intensity of the storm that was hitting us. We soon got into action and by 1st week of august we had already evaluated the ground situation, finished our assessment (which included multiple visits to hospitals, meetings with injured, other NGO’s working on the ground and other relevant government officials)developed a plan and started executing on the plan.

Urgent intervention is needed in the field of medical care, with the number of critically injured increasing both immediate and long term intervention is needed. CHINAR International to address this pressing problem partnered with Athrout an organization that was already working in the State Hospital with Pellet hit victims and youth with gunshot injuries. We provided Athrout with emergency medicines specifically used for persons with pellet and gunshot injuries.For people who will need long term medical attention we are developing a database of injured children and youth for long term rehabilitation. A special team combining of Doctors in and across the state, the panel consists of Dr. Sarosh Khan, Dr Khalid Ashai and Dr. Tariq Qureshi to provide guidance and make the final decision on each case

Basic survival:

While everyone in the valley has been hit by the ongoing unrest, the poorer lot of the society is the worst hit, people who made their living on a daily wage basis have been reduced to nothing and its getting harder for them to make their ends meet in the time when they cant work and have no other alternate source of income. We from the very outset of the unrest recognised the need of basic food items like rice, flour, edible oil, tea, spices etc for people who were poor and whose livelihood was based on a day to day basis. We have till date Provided food kits to the 96 low income group families (240 children) in our program – 75% families have already been covered. With no income coming in, these families were suffering.

Need of working on Education is paramount across valley as the schools remain shut for the fourth month and education of the children is suffering heavily we are providing mentorship and education to children at individual level. Our staff and volunteers are already working on this at an individual level. The tuition center for children in our program are also operational in all districts.

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