Neelum valley is the northmost district of Azad Kashmir (Pakistan). It consists of two administrative towns (tehsils); Athmuqam and Sharda, with over 200 small villages. According to the 2017 national census, the total population of the area is just over 191,000. The entire district is located on the LOC (line of control) and it poses a perpetual threat for its inhabitants. Routine firing by the Indian Army and natural disasters take many precious human lives every year. This region is financially deprived with even the basic health care facilities unavailable within 10 miles of many local villages. Most of the communities consist of wood and clay houses.
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HEAVY SHELLING AND AN UNFORGIVING WINTER
Living on LOC can be perilous, as the community can often come under fire. On 14th of November 2020, the Indian army started heavy mortar shelling during daytime. This resulted in casualties, many injuries and destruction to the houses and people’s possessions. Twenty houses were completely razed to the ground, and many others were damaged beyond repair. This has left a lot of families without a home and livelihood, with an estimate of 400-1000 people who are in immediate need of assistance.
To make matters worse, the valley has had heavy rain and snow ever since the shelling. Without the means to protect themselves from the rain and cold, it is very hard to survive through the winters. Neelum Valley is one of the hardest to reach areas of Kashmir. With scarce resources, the people of the valley have to survive the winter without quality food, and adequate warmth making them susceptible to sickness and malnutrition.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
Al-Mustafa Trust is providing those affected with winter kits and food. Please support our winter appeal and help a needy family survive this winter!