In the past 3 months, haze from fires raging over forest and peat lands in Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia has harmed 25 million and killed 15 people, including children.
Friends of the Earth Indonesia/WALHI is helping to evacuate vulnerable groups, such as babies and infants, breast-feeding mothers, pregnant women and the elderly, to safety.
Friends of the Earth Indonesia/WALHI needs financial support to help evacuate vulnerable groups and to fund and equip safe houses. WALHI has already prepared safe houses in several places in Banjarbaru and Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan) and is distributing masks, raising public awareness that these fires are man-made and not natural disasters, lobbying the government, and organizing law suits against the large, multinational companies most responsible for the fires, as well as against local and regional governments for neglecting to sufficiently tackle the issue. In other provinces such as Riau, Jambi, South Sumatera, West Kalimantan, WALHI is also providing posts and centers for distributing masks, oxygen, and free medical check ups for the public.
You can support Friends of the Earth Indonesia/WALHI’s relief efforts here
Read more about the situation in Indonesia and Friends of the Earth Indonesia’s work here
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