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Khan backs Oxfam Pakistan appeal

Boxer Amir Khan is backing an Oxfam appeal to help people caught up in the aftermath of the Pakistan floods.

He is calling on people to donate to the charity project, and has held a fundraiser to help raise money for a school rebuilding scheme in the Shahdad Kot area of Sindh, south Pakistan.

Khan, who hosted the fundraiser at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Bolton, visited flooded areas of Pakistan with Oxfam in September.

“The Pakistan floods were a massive disaster and it will take time for people to rebuild their lives,” said Kahn.

“Even today some people’s fields are full of waist-high flood water. Thousands of families are still living under canvas in the camps and the temperatures are plummeting.”
“We should not forget the families caught up in the floods. They still need our help to recover.”

Oxfam said it is helping nearly 1.9M people affected by the disaster that struck the country six months ago.

Flooding covered around one fifth of Pakistan - an area larger than England - from late July last year. 

Around 20M people were affected, with 1.6M homes destroyed or damaged and 2.2M hectares of crops lost.

Today, swathes of land are still underwater, food prices are rocketing and malnutrition is rising across the south of Pakistan.

The floods destroyed around 10,000 schools, and at least a million children still do not have a school to attend.

The UN appeal has been given just 53% of the funds needed.

“There is still a desperate need for funding,” said Oxfam Head in Pakistan Neva Khan “The growing malnutrition and rising food prices underlines just how much more needs to be done.”

“Oxfam and the families in these villages are hugely grateful for Amir Khan’s support. With the schools in Shahdad Kot destroyed many parents have sent their children to work in fields but they desperately want their children to continue their education.”

“Rebuilding the schools will safeguard these children’s futures.”

“Six months since the devastating floods first hit, people in the UK can be proud that we’re making a difference to the lives of millions of people affected by the floods in Pakistan,” said International development secretary Andrew Mitchell.

“However, Pakistan still has a long way to go to recover; some areas of Sindh are still under water and hundreds of thousands of people are still living in temporary camps.”

“Reconstructing the millions of homes, bridges, and schools that were destroyed will take years.”

“That’s why we are continuing to help millions of people in Pakistan to rebuild their lives, providing health care for more than two million people to try to avoid a crisis like the one in Haiti, and helping to get hundreds of thousands of children back into education.”

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