SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
The novelist Amitav Ghosh has written
a report on the tsunami disaster in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Beyond tsunami: an agenda for action
Sida appeal to the Swedish government
For a worldwide overview:
For newspaper coverage:
More Internet news and information sites can be found on:
For those wishing to contribute directly via Asian national organisations we here provide some links:
• For relief initiatives worldwide, see:
• For government information sites and relief
• For relief initiative in Sri Lanka, see for example:
Appeal from the Embassy of Sri Lanka, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/lankaappeal.pdf (as a pdf-file)
|Tsunami disaster assistance information
The Swedish temperance organisation IOGT-NTO has been involved in assistance work in Sri Lanka for many years. After the tsunami hit the country the organisation is active in all parts of the country. Information is also provided the whole time on the present situation. Go to IOGT-NTO’s web page.
|Appeal from Professor Gananath Obeyesekere
On 9 January Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Princeton University, presented an appeal for academicians all the World over support the relief work carried out in Sri Lanka by the Center for Women’s Research (CENWOR) – run by a group of professionals including past professors in the several universities in Sri Lanka; and the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (NTT), named after the Harvard educated human rights activist assassinated a few years ago. Read Prof. Obeyesekere’s appeal (as a pdf-file).
The Sri Lanka Tsunami Victims Relief Fund made it possible to give Online Donations for Tsunami Victims of Sri Lanka, channeled through the Prime Minister's Office. Go to the web site managed by the University of Colombo School of Computing. http://www.emergencydonations.gov.lk/
• For relief initiatives in India, see for example:
The Indian government channels donations through the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, that contributes aid for affected areas of India, but also sends relief supplies to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Read an appeal from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. http://www.sasnet.lu.se/indiaappeal.pdf (as a pdf-file)
If you want to locate a specific relief agency, you can use www.google.com and use the search words ‘Tsunami appeal for relief’ plus the region or country for which you want information, e g ‘Tamilnadu‘ or ‘Sri Lanka‘.
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Swedish Water House and Engineers Without Borders Stockholm (INUG) invited academia (researchers and students), business (companies and professionals) and other organizations to a Swedish Tsunami Conference/workshop on 4 February 2005. The conference was called ”What Can We Do? – Mobilizing technical capacity for South-East Asia”. More information on the conference (as a pdf-file).
A symposium on the ”Tsunami and the Issues of Relief, Rehabilitation and Resettlement” was held in Kolkata, India, on 23 April 2005. The symposium was organised by the Calcutta Research Group (CRG). A report on the symposium was presented in June 2005. Read the report prepared by Paula Banerjee & Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, CRG.
The Nordic Institute of Asian
Studies, NIAS, has opened a Tsunami Disaster Portal, with
an aim of providing background information, access to analysis
and research, news about recent events and their implications,
as well as links to reliable sources of further information. Most
of the articles will come from Nordic research institutions, universities,
ministries and aid organisations, but the site will also publish
relevant material from regional research institutions, international
organisations and NGOs.