Recent events illustrate the gravity of the situation. Cyclone Moch hit Myanmar and Bangladesh (particularly threatened by rising ocean waters). Extreme climatic phenomena follow one another, making the production cycle on which small farmers depend very uncertain. The fractures within the Pakistani ruling classes could lead to the imposition of martial law tomorrow; they are already opening the field to the action of multiple armed groups, placing progressive activists in a situation of serious insecurity (with Afghanistan of the Taliban in the background). The South China Sea is the nodal point of the geostrategic face-off between Washington and Beijing, accelerating the dynamics of global militarisation and the arms race. The partial rehabilitation of the Myanmar junta in the diplomatic arena is a real act of non-assistance to people in danger and to resistance organisations confronted with a merciless war. The demands of the IMF, the burden of debts, corruption and nepotism complete the dispossession of the poor. Throughout the region, fundamental freedoms are under attack by authoritarian or dictatorial regimes.
The multi-causal catastrophe is underway. Above all, it is important that popular communities are able to face it in solidarity, collectively, through self-organisation and mutual aid, in order to implement, as close as possible to local realities, reactive measures adapted to their needs. There are situations where solidarity simply means help for survival, but even in this case, emancipatory self-organisation can and must remain on the horizon of emergency relief. It is in this perspective that the networks and movements whose activity ESSF supports are acting.
These networks and movements also help to develop mutual aid on a regional or national level, whether it be for the exchange of experiences, the defence of the most threatened or marginalised communities, the welcoming of populations displaced by military conflicts or natural disasters, or resistance to multiple oppressions. As their commitment to the people of Myanmar shows, this solidarity is as well expressed beyond borders.
These “sister organisations” of ESSF are:
– In Indonesia, the Free Women association.
– In the Philippines, the MiHands network of associations in Mindanao.
– In Bangladesh, the peasant organisations BKF-BKS and their associated movements.
– In Pakistan, the Labour Education Foundation and the Crofter Foundation.
– In Burma, in the face of intense warfare and lawlessness, the aid we can provide transit to the borders where a group of solidarity movements act in common. In a fluctuating situation, it is destined for the various components of the resistance.
The activists who are engaged in these movements often work in very difficult and dangerous conditions. We wish to give them the greatest possible support.
We warmly thank in advance all those who will be able to answer this call.
The balance sheet of the solidarity activities carried out by ESSF last year is available here:
All donations we receive are forwarded to their recipients ESSF’s small team of animators is responsible for the running costs of the association and the website.
To send donations
Donations can be given by cheques (in euros only, payable in France), direct bank transfers to our account or via Helloasso and PayPal.
Donations can be one-time or regular (monthly, the best formula for our association), or a combination of both.
If you would like your donation to be dedicated to a particular country, please indicate this. Otherwise, your donation will go to ESSF’s Permanent Asian Solidarity Fund.
cheques to ESSF in euros only, payable in France, to be sent to:
2, rue Richard-Lenoir
Agence de la Croix-de-Chavaux (00525)
10 boulevard Chanzy
ESSF, account number 445757C
International bank account details :
IBAN : FR85 3000 2005 2500 0044 5757 C12
BIC / SWIFT : CRLYFRPP
Account holder : ESSF
To access PayPal use the email address contact europe-solidaire.org
Or click on the PayPal icon on the home page.
You can also send money through the association HelloAsso: see its button on ESSF English home page: http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?page=sommaire&lang=en
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We will keep you regularly informed via our website about the situation and the use of the solidarity fund.