Chinese authorities intimidated and unlawfully detained parents and relatives of children who died in the devastating Sichuan earthquake and harassed activists and lawyers trying to assist them, says a new Amnesty International report
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Mennonite Partners in China (MPC) have jointly provided resources to support the relief work of churches in Sichuan and the aid work of The Amity Foundation, a Chinese humanitarian organization.
Christian development agency World Vision says that it is prioritising children in the aftermath of the earthquake in China. More than 4.8 million people were made homeless after the earthquake destroyed homes and flattened schools.
The UK-based international developement agency Christian Aid is responding to the huge magnitude earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province on 12 May through the work of the Amity Foundation, a recognised NGO.
Christian communities in mainland China and Hong Kong, both Protestant and Catholic, have been offering practical support and prayers to victims in Sichuan, who have suffered a devastating earthquake, China's worst in 30 years,
Chinese churches and Christian agencies, as well as the government and army, have begun responding to the recent earthquake. The quake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, has devastated a region west of the provincial capital Chengdu.
The most powerful earthquake to hit China in 30 years, registered at a magnitude of 7.9, has killed at least 10,000 people in the south-western Sichuan province, with thousands more trapped and injured, says the BBC and news agencies.
As part of a global coalition of church bodies, Christian Aid is working with the UN to assess the needs of the people of East Africa's Great Lakes region after it was struck by a major earthquake leaving 39 people dead.
Regional and international staff working for major church agencies involved in the region are consulting about relief interventions in the immediate aftermath of a series of quakes in Africa's Great Lakes area.