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Posted by Penny (64.12.104.188) on November 06, 2001 at 23:21:14:

. Weaving the Dream! Digest ........ Vol: 9 ...Issue: 11/06/2001
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< call your two Senators and your Congressperson.

Please tell them to stop the bombing of Afghanistan immediately because the
bombing is preventing international relief organizations from taking in the
food that is necessary to save the lives of as many as 7 million people.
That's all you have to say.

Telephone numbers below. Facts from UNICEF and others below. Calling
is easy: they have operators waiting to take your opinion, though they're
getting many phone calls and when calling the President you may have to
hold for a while.

When winter snows set in, over the next week or two, it will be too late.
The food aid will not be able to reach the people in Afghanistan, and
millions will starve -- not go hungry, but starve to death -- over the next
several months. The food is gathered at the borders, but the aid groups
can't take it in while the country is being bombed. If the bombing stops
tomorrow, the food will go in tomorrow.

The air-dropped food packages being dropped along with the bombs are in no
way sufficient to make any dent in the humanitarian catastrophe that is
unfolding. Only ground-based aid organizations can take in enough supplies
to support the millions of people through the winter.
See the figures on this below.

The President and our government are already under considerable pressure
from a wide range of humanitarian and church and other organizations across
the country; even some national media are taking up the call to stop bombing
and let aid through. If they hear from enough of us, it is possible they will listen.
If you only do one political action this year -- or this decade or maybe your
whole life -- do this one.

This is an impending holocaust that in one or two weeks will be irreversible.
Our grandchildren are going to ask how we could let this happen.
It can be prevented.

Please call, please please please please now now now.

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President Bush: 202 456-1111 or 202 456-1414 fax 202 456
2461
president@whitehouse.gov

(If you absolutely can't call, email is better than nothing. Don't bother
writing letters: the matter is too urgent, and they're not opening mail
anyway.)

If you're not convinced, here are some facts:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF),
the World Food Programme and other agencies have issued a joint statement
warning that:

* A humanitarian crisis of stunning proportions is unfolding in
Afghanistan;

* More than 5 million Afghans now require humanitarian assistance to
survive, including 3.8 million who depend on United Nations-delivered food
rations (a number that is expected to rise to 5.5 million in November 2001);

* Nearly 20 percent of those struggling to survive are children
under
the age of 5 years; and

* Lack of safe access has created a situation where the United
Nations World Food Programme has been forced to suspend operations in
Afghanistan;

*Recent bombing attacks have damaged the warehouses of the
International Red Cross as well as the United Nations World Food Programme,
and the agencies' staff, laborers and truckers are now afraid to load,
unload
or transport food inside Afghanistan;

*The United Nations has estimated that more than 50,000 tons of
food
must be delivered before the end of November 2001;

* Oxfam International and other non-governmental organizations and
relief workers have joined in a call for a pause in military action and an
immediate undertaking to stave off mass starvation throughout Afghanistan by
trucking in food before bitter winter snows make such an effort futile.

call call call please please now now now now>>

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