British Olympic Boxer
Calls for Support to Quake Victims
British boxer Amir Khan will strike a
blow this week for millions of survivors from last year’s
devastating South Asian earthquake when he visits a camp
of displaced people in Kashmir.
The 2004 Olympic silver medallist will visit residents of
a camp near the city of Muzaffarabad on 6 April –
the same place he visited on an earlier trip last December.
He will also look at the work relief agencies such as Oxfam
International have been carrying out in the region and see
for himself what more needs to be done.
"These people have lived through a massive earthquake
and survived a winter of snow and rain camped in tents next
to the Himalayas,” said the Bolton-based boxer on
"We all need to work together to give them as much
support, care and time as they need to rebuild their homes
and their lives.”
Around three million people were affected by the October
8th earthquake, which registered 7.6 on the Richter scale.
It is estimated that at least 73,000 people were killed
directly and a greater number left injured.
More than 1800 aftershocks have rocked the region since
last year’s disaster, with further tremors expected
in the coming months. Landslides caused by aftershocks and
rain are frequent and predicted to become particularly severe
during the monsoon rains due in June and July.
Khan visits the devastated area at a crucial time almost
six months after last year’s disaster. The Pakistani
authorities have drafted a number of plans for reconstruction
and are strongly encouraging thousands of displaced survivors
to return to their places of origin.
"We have to make sure that if another major earthquake
comes, people are better prepared,” says Khan. “That
means building better and stronger homes and communities
than they had before.”
At the age of 17, Khan became the youngest boxer since Floyd
Patterson in 1952 to win an Olympic medal and Britain's
youngest Olympian boxer since 1976 when he took the silver
prize at Athens in 2004. Since that success, he has won
the first six bouts of his professional career, five by
Oxfam International has provided water and sanitation facilities
for over 540,000 men, women and children in the earthquake
affected area. The organization has distributed winterised
tents and transitional shelter kits for more than 350,000
people and reached over 60,000 people already with its livelihood
For more information contact Oxfam senior media officer
Shaheen Chughtai on (92) 300 856 0632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
and Oxfam national media officer Daud Malik on (92) 300
856 9312 or email@example.com