Vasta 1,5 viikkoa ensimmäisen sähköpostiviestin jälkeen saapui seuraava viesti BAS:sta.


Dear Friends,

This is to inform you that last night Rashidieyeh camp was air raided and five people were injured. The target was a bakery!!!!... maybe to make sure that people would starve, or maybe bread became another weapon in this barbaric war against whatever values humanity invented since it's existence. By the way those friends who are worried about whom they know in Rashidieyeh, they are all safe. However, Mariam* had to risk her life to reach Saida with her mother who must have kidney dialysis (such stories are common everywhere).

What ever we say our friends is meaningless in front of a reality which is beyond any imagination, things around carry no logic whatsoever. You can never find any description in any language or any dictionary for the dehumanizing situation we are seeing. Terrorism can no more carry the real meaning for the current attacks targeting everything that might help a human being to survive, an extermination operation against people and shelters.

Lebanon has be sliced into small pieces separating every part of the country from another making it extremely difficult for people and supplies to move.

Solidarity our friends is more than vital those days, maybe as important as food and medicine. It is more than crucial to continue putting pressure on your governments, the US, Israel and the UN agencies in every possible way to stop that insanity immediately. It is due time that the "FREE WORLD" makes it available for the weak countries to practice some of the human rights that they have been preaching about and spending millions of dollars to teach such theories.

As you know a lot of Lebanese families took refuge in some of the Palestinian camps and there is an immediate need to enable the UNRWA** to reach out for those camps mainly in the South, to send food and medical supplies.

Kassem just came now from a meeting, in which he knew that all the roads to the South are badly damaged and no way can the UNRWA trucks reach its destination. The only way is through sea from Beirut to Tyre Harbor, but this needs to be negotiated with the Israelis to decide on safe passages for humanitarian aid. Please let everybody know that hospitals in the South are no more able to coop with the situation, they lack all kinds of medical supplies even plastic bags for dead bodies.

In collaboration with other NGOs daily meetings are held inside the popular committee's offices inside the camps to decide on the most practical ways to organize the relief operations, for the displaced and for the others, since there is no work now and people are short of money mainly the daily waged workers.  From another side we must be ready on alert to receive Palestinians from the south once the Israelis order evacuation of the camps; it is then going to be disastrous.

However, what we are thinking about is to distribute the families among the NGOs according to their capacities. As BAS, we are ready through your support to take the responsibility of three thousand families, one thousand from our own and two thousand from those displaced in different camps, allocating 100$ for each family will be of great help. However, we cannot give the exact number of the people because the figure is changing several times during the day. Hence 3000x100$=300,000$, which we hope as much as possible can be secured.

Thanks a lot and best regards

* BAS:n Rashidien toimintakeskuksen vastaava sosiaalityöntekijä Mariam Sulieman
** UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict UNRWA was established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. The Agency began operations on 1 May 1950. In the absence of a solution to the Palestine refugee problem, the General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA's mandate, most recently extending it until 30 June 2008.