Jonesboro Residents Providing Aid For Countries Devastated By Tsunami

January 02, 2004 -- Posted at 9:00 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- In Banda Ache, on the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, already, more than 80,000 people have been killed by a tsunami that has left parts of Southeast Asia in shambles.

Ahmad Syamil is a member of the Jonesboro Islamic Center.

"They lost everything. They lost their homes, they lost their families, they lost their future,"said Syamil.

Members of the Jonesboro Islamic Center are unifying to help provide aid to people who are in desperate need of food, water, and medication.

In only one day, Syamil, and 15 others raised 600 dollars to be sent to Indonesia for disaster relief.

"We are afraid that the number of people who will die will increase because of lack of sanitation, cholera, diseases, and other things,"said Syamil.

Syamil also says due to the islands geography, it will be extremely difficult to get aid to those who need it most.

"We need not only food and water, but we need people who can deliver, and understand how to manage the logistics of the area. We have a lot of mountains, and the infrastructure, like roads, are destroyed,"said Syamil.

Syamil knows you can't put a price tag on the lives of the people killed, but he hopes the money raised will go towards rebuilding the lives of those who survived.