Mercy Universal is a global humanitarian organisation consisting of committed teams who are committed to supporting others in need at times of extreme crises, whether natural or man-made.
We responding to international crises as they occur working with trusted grassroots partners who can reach those most in need. We observe strict principles of neutrality and independence serving humanity and not differentiating based on nationality, cast or religion.
We work with volunteers around the world to preserve life and promote human dignity through regeneration programmes spanning health care and education as well as socio-economic support. Ultimately, we aim to alleviate immediate need whether caused by poverty, disadvantage or emergency.
Kashmir is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and it has been blessed with countless graces and resources. Sadly, however, the people of Kashmir are among the poorest in the world.
The state which has a population of more than 15 million is totally closed from the world. It is no go zone. Even the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are not allowed to freely work, let alone other humanitarian or human rights organisations. It is the oldest unresolved international conflict in the world today and is globally recognised as an occupied territory.
Systematic killing, rape, torture, burning and even sexual mutilation (Amnesty International, March 1992) are the unreported daily sufferings of the people in Kashmir. Indian security forces have been reported to classify the entire valley as a free-fire zone with little regard to civilian casualty or distress.
There is one story that can sum up everything. In June 24, 1992 Melinda Liuin wrote in Newsweek that “While army troops dragged men from their homes for questioning in the border town of Kunan Pushpura, scores of women say they were raped by soldiers….a pregnant Kashmiri woman, who was raped and kicked, gave birth to a son with a broken arm.”
This tragedy and many others I am personally aware of, have deprived me from sleep regularly and compelled me to help those suffering in Kashmir and similar crisis zones across the world.
In 2000, Mercy Universal was established to preserve the dignity of the most vulnerable and promote their dignity.
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