Silvia: give to earthquake victims

Queen Silvia has asked the Swedish people to think of the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan.

All Saints Day was marked on Sunday – a day on which many Swedes visit the graves of their loved ones.

“It is a weekend when we think of those close to us who have passed away, but it is important also to think of those who are still alive,” the Queen told TT.

With winter approaching in earthquake-hit areas in northern Pakistan, 3.5 million people have no shelter. This means that many who survived the earthquake itself risk perishing due to a lack of water, food, warmth and shelter.

“I want therefore to ask Swedes to contribute to the collections being made in all the Swedish churches,” the Queen said.

The Church of Sweden said all collections made on All Saints Day would go to catastrophe relief in Pakistan.

“The situation in the affected areas is desperate, and people need all the help they can get, so I want to support the church and others who collect money [for earthquake aid] and encourage everyone to contribute,” the Queen said.

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TT/The Local