Do it yourself! Dont Wait

One of the most affected areas in Kashmir is the Bagh district. A colleague of mine has relatives in a village near Bagh and he was desperately trying to contact them for the past two days from our office with no success. Yesterday he received a phone call from one person of his village, Riaz Ahmad, who was calling from Islamabad. Not a single human being survived in his village including his own family. The entire village has simply disappeared. Riaz says dead bodies are lying under the rubble and there is no one left there to even to give them a burial. The only purpose he has now left in life is to help other survivors in neighboring villages.

According to Riaz there is no help whatsoever in Bagh district and for the past two days, he along with a few Islamabadians has been delivering little food and water to survivors on motorcycles and by foot but there efforts are nowhere near enough. There are countless villages in Kashmir and NWFP where people have survived the earthquake but they are facing death because no one has been able to access those areas and they have no food or water since Saturday.

So we just had to do something quickly. Everyone in my office contributed and I have to mention that ‘somebody’ who gave us a very substantial amount. We bought everything we could find in Main Market, Gulberg and within three hours we were able to dispatch two truck loaded with basic food items, water and medicines to Bagh district. After 19 hours, at 11 o clock today, we received confirmation that one of the trucks has reached some areas of Bagh. They had to unload truck near Muzaffarabad and deliver a lot of items on motorcycles. This is atleast some relief, I hope. I still don

3 Comments so far

  1. bilal (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 1:30 am

    i was working in bagh a couple of months ago.
    it is one of the most beautiful districts in kashmir.

    it was one of the most beautiful districts of kashmir.

  2. Opee (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 10:26 am

    People have problems reaching the areas. We have to admit the fact that Army has done a commendable effort resuming the roads of Muzaffarabad and Balakot within few hours. Which could have taken months!

    GEO has been targetting Govt. unfairly for the last 3-4 days that their trucks have not reached. But today morning just before I left home for office, I heard on news that MKRF has started off with the dispatch of 3 trucks :S… c’mon… is say zaada tou mere doston nai apni pockets say 2 din mai bhaij diyay hain… Last count was 11 trucks till 12 last nite. Kher. If MKRF haven’t reached those areas yet – then THE NEWS group has no right to accuse army. The only problem I see is the roads which should remain opened and Army has done its best in that area! Three cheers for them!

  3. Darwaish (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    i totally agree. army is doing whatever they can but they have limitations.. not to mention their have their own casualties too. so thats why we, the peopple are also stepping forward and helping them.

    NGO.. they have started theri activities now.. finally.. which is a good news

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