New York, June 02 (KMS): Young Kashmiris living in the US organised a fund-raising event in New York for the pellet victims of occupied Kashmir.

The organisers held an Iftaar party, ‘A Kashmiri Iftaar’, with the aim to raise funds for the Kashmiri youth who had been victims of indiscriminate pellet firing by the Indian forces in Kashmir during peaceful protests.

One of the organisers of the event told media that some of the Kashmiris living around New York hosted the fund-raising Iftaar which was attended by at least 100 persons. “We made home cooked Kashmiri food and had nun chai (salt tea) as well,” the organiser, an academic by profession, said.

In addition, there was special performance by Sufi musician, Amir Vahab, who is famous in the New York music scene as the “ambassador of silenced music’, the participants added.

The minimum donation requested from each attendee was fifty dollars and the entire amount raised has been donated to the victims. The amount collected during the event will go to the organization, Revive Kashmir.

Revive Kashmir works with local Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Kashmir to rehabilitate those who have become partially or fully blinded because of pellets fired by the Indian forces during protests.

During the event, Samma Ishaq Hafeez, an active member of Revive Kashmir, spoke about the conflict, pellet gun violence, the volume of blinded/low vision patients in need of dire assistance, and the lack of low vision/blind healthcare specialists in the Kashmir Valley. She said that all the funds collected during the Iftaar fund-raising event went to Project Noor (Light), which is a initiative of Revive Kashmir.


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