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Muzaffarnagar, India Disaster Relief Report for FHII – Aug 1, 2014

Muzaffarnagar Riots Relief Program

The communal violence that erupted between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, India on August 27, 2013 affected 11 villages of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts where more than 50 houses and around 20 mosques were set on fire.  More than 100 people lost their lives, hundreds were left wounded and more than twenty thousand were displaced from their homes. 

Seven camps were set up in Muzaffarnagar district in 5 areas- Loi, Jola, Shahpur(3), Basikalan and Harsoli and 12 camps in Shamli district in eight areas of Uttar Pradesh. More than 50 children died in camps due to extreme cold conditions and poor health facilities.

CRY Partners visited the Muzafarnagar and Shamli camps for a first hand assessment of the situation.  An assessment of the number of children of varied age groups and the type of relief materials required and distributed was made.  Also, constant discussion with Save the Children and Plan was done to avoid duplication of resources. 

An urgent appeal was filed to the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights,Government of India (NCPCR) and Quality Institutional Care and Alternative Care ,Child Protection Network Of CRY in UP (QICAC) took up the matter with them which resulted in a field visit by NCPCR, led by it’s Director Anupam Mishra. The visiting team also comprised doctors and representation from the Minority Commission.  Appeals were filed to relevant organizations and individuals at the national, state and district  levels such as the Prime Minister, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar etc.  As a response to the urgent appeal for action, a notice was issued to the Ministry of Home by the Vice President’s Secretariat.

The following materials were distributed by CRY and it’s Partners to the victims:

Total number of Clothes for Children = 1727 pieces

Total number of Blankets = 640 pieces

On 8 and 9 January, 2014 relief materials were distributed in Shahpur, Harsoli , Barnavi:

Clothes for Children = 750

Blankets = 375

On 22 and 24 January, 2014 relief materials were distributed in Loi and Jola:

Clothes for Children = 977 

Blankets = 265

Right to Information (RTI’s) have been filed and information received from the district administration on issues of children. QICAC is further tracking the situation of missing children and children in need of care & protection post the communal riots. One of CRY’s UP Partner’s participated in the panel discussion on the Rajya Sabha TV on the Muzaffarnagar Riots and portrayed accurate information from the field. Other panelists included spokespersons from various political parties. 

CRY America thanks Friends Of Humanity International Inc (FHII) for their grant of $5,000 USD towards the Relief efforts in Muzaffarnagar.

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