Sunday, December 7, 2008

Mumbai...with breaking hearts, we go to help

The terror attacks in Mumbai were a fresh reminder to the world that there are those among us who wish to destroy all that we are, all that we love. They quickly admitted that their targets were well researched - westerners, Jews, Israelis. Israel's response came quickly. Within hours, we sent family members and health and security experts. An Israeli Air Force jet flew to bring our victims home, and a few days ago, another team from Israel left to continue offering aid to India's victims. This is Israel.


Israeli Post Trauma team left during the weekend to Mumbai to assist victims of recent terror attack December 7, 2008 (by IsraAID. )

Following recent terror attacks on the Taj Hotel, Trident-Oberoi and the Chabad Jewish Center in India's financial capital, where over 100 people were killed and many others injured, IsraAID member teams sent today a team of Post Trauma experts to train local peers on how to support victims of the recent attack.

Israeli expertise on how to deal with massive disasters, especially terror attacks, is widely regarded.. In response to their request, an Israeli team will partner with the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre's Trauma Counseling Unit in Mumbai, which will use Israeli expertise on how to provide post trauma treatment to families and victims of terror.

The IsraAID member team will provide training in the hospital. At local schools in Mumbai they will train teachers on how to impart resiliency to their students and how to provide direct support to help the families and victims.

In addition, the team will offer its assistance to foreigners and Jewish and Israeli personnel who were on the ground during the attack. This program is a partnership of IsraAID, American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

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