WASHINGTON, DC (December 27, 2005) –  The Embassy of the Republic of

Indonesia, along with international non-governmental organization (NGO)

Islamic Relief, and the International Institute for Psychosocial Development

will be hosting a remembrance event for last year’s tsunami victims.

The event, entitled “A Year After – Remembrance for the Tsunami Victims” will

be held at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, DC. The

Indonesian Community Association (IKI) is also helping coordinate the event.

Islamic Relief immediately responded to the needs of tsunami victims in

Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India, providing emergency food, shelter,

healthcare, and income generation projects. Long-term rehabilitation and

reconstruction projects are underway. The International Institute for

Psychosocial Development is currently assisting tsunami victims in Indonesia

with much-needed mental health programs.

Representatives from the U.S. State Department are scheduled to attend the

event. In addition, over 30 NGOs, Ambassadors from tsunami-affected

countries, and representatives from USAID and the United Nations Office of

the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery have also been invited to

participate.

“It is our hope that with this and other similar events, the world does not

forget the plight of tsunami survivors. The victims will need our assistance for

years to come,” said Rizwan Mowlana, Director of Governmental Relations for

Islamic Relief. “It is imperative that we all work together as a global

community to ensure that their needs are met.”

Media professionals are invited to attend the event.

Hors d’Oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by calling

Ms. Dewi Masfar at (202) 775-5300/5306 or email

dmasfar@embassyofindonesia.org

WHAT:

One Year Tsunami Anniversary Remembrance Program

WHEN:

Thursday, December 29, 2005

3:45 – 5:15pm

WHERE:

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington DC, 20036

Media Contact:

Rizwan Mowlana

Islamic Relief

rizwan@irw.org

(202) 725-2353

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