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AHMEDABAD, May 13: After the devastating Bhuj earthquake aid poured in from
national and international agencies, but after the nation’s worst communal
riot made thousands homeless in the state, voluntary agencies are not coming
forward with assistance.
Many of the citizens in the city are of the opinion that the agencies who
rushed with aid after the January 26, 2001 earthquake have “purposefully”
ignored the tragedy this time because of its “political nature”. It is said
that international agencies like UN bodies, the British, the US and the Dutch
voluntary agencies have received instructions from their headquarters not to
provide assistance to the riot victims. The reason is that these agencies
consider the Gujarat violence as a conflict situation and to work in such
circumstances the agencies, with the exception of Red Cross, need a formal
request from the state. None of them has received any such request. More..