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Moderator Backs Indonesia Appeal

Friday October 12 2018

Faith leaders in Scotland have backed the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC’s) Indonesia Appeal, calling for the public to dig deep in support of people affected by last week’s devastating tsunami.

Homes and entire communities have been destroyed, 1.5 million people have been affected and 200,000 are in desperate need of help. Authorities fear that casualties and the number of those displaced by the disaster will continue to rise in the coming days.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Susan Brown, is amongst those calling for solidarity. She said: “As Christians we are praying for our brothers and sisters in Sulawesi who have lost loved ones as well as their livelihoods. We are also called to reach out and lend a helping hand. By supporting the DEC appeal, we can show our practical support and make a real difference”.

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church said: “Almost daily we watch news coverage of the tragic scenes that have unfolded in Indonesia following the recent earthquake and tsunami. We feel helpless as we see the devastating aftermath of people struggling to rebuild what is left for them and the many who are mourning the loss of loved ones. Holding them and all the rescue workers in our prayers is something we do, that’s a given; but I urge anyone who can to consider donating to the appeal”.

Omar Afzal from the Muslim Council of Scotland said: “The earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi have been devastating for the region with thousands dead or missing and tens of thousands displaced. Survivors now face the threat of rapidly spreading diseases as well as shortages of food, clean water and safe shelter. They need our help now and we urge everyone to give whatever they can towards the DEC appeal”.

To make a donation to the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal visit, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting SUPPORT to 70000. Texts cost £5 and the whole £5 goes to the DEC INDONESIA TSUNAMI APPEAL. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions and more information go to

The DEC is an alliance of the UK's leading aid agencies and broadcasters that aims to provide a fast response to emergencies such as natural disasters.


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