Tuesday, August 01, 2006

What you can do for Lebanon

The past few weeks have been crazy in the Middle East. What has been the scariest thing to me is what is my duty in all of this. What can I do to help so that future generations will not point a finger at me & blame me for failing to assist the people in the current crisis.

I don't need to go into details of what has been going on in Lebanon and I'm sure like me, you are frustrated. But there are things you can do to help. We don't want people from future generations to point fingers at us & say we failed to help people during this crisis. Don't wait - the time to act is NOW & here's how:

1. Don't underestimate the power of word of mouth - tell your friends, neighbors & co-workers. Many of them are not aware of the issue - talk to them & educate them about the situation. It is our duty to do so. Send them new sources from www.bbcnews.com & other news sources you find relevant.

2. Write a short letter to the editor of your newspaper. It doesn't have to be long or controversial - just talk about how lives are being lost on both sides for no reason and the U.S. needs to work with other countries to stop the violence. If you liked a particular piece you read, refer to it to support your argument. Even if it doesn't get published, you tried & you can always e-mail it to friends & family! Or like me, you can blog about if you have one.

3. There is a dire need to mobilize resources for relief operations in Lebanon. Below are contacts for international and local organizations that are helping Lebanon through this humanitarian crisis.

Please circulate!!

http://www.relieflebanon.org/
http://www.saveleb.org/

www.unicefusa.org/donate/lebanon
www.mercycorps.org
www.icrc.org
http://www.islamic-relief.com/SubMenu/Appeal/palestine.htm