Tragedy of our fellow Swatis

Now, with a shocking 2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) plying on routes south of their heaven-on-earth homeland of SWAT, Pakistan is officially experiencing an unprecedented crisis. While sitting in our drawing rooms, it is far too easy for many of us to say collateral damage cannot be avoided, but, try asking anyone who has lost his whole family to the bloodbath. Each human life costs the same; whether an innocent Pakistani, an Afghan or an American one. And no justification can soothe or curtail further radicalization of the youth of the innocent affectees of full-scale bombardment of wide settled areas. 

It’s too late to ask this question as to how our Government signed an agreement from a weak position and then rolled all talks within a meagre ten days on external pressures. The only question now valid is to how quickly and effectively can we help millions of IDPs who have lost everything and are in dire need of food, shelter, and clothing.

Let us join hands in donating as much as we can to the Prime Minister’s Fund for Victims of Terrorism, to other local and international NGOs, foundations, individuals and groups who are active in the affected areas. If it still needs to be realized, we must not forget, Pakistan is expereincing the worst kind of refugee problem since Independence. So, please, help; and help as much as you can.

4 Comments so far

  1. sufisahib on May 18th, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    "So, please, help; and help as much as you can."

    Keep in mind that "as much as you can" does not mean "as much money/goods" as you can" but "as sensible as you can". consider your donor agencies, find out what they do with your donation, try to find personal relations/people you know and can trust who can verify what happens to the stuff you gave. a small donation well placed is more effective than a large one in the pocket of some undeserving along the way.

    there are many organisations around who are trustworthy and do marvelous jobs …

  2. Hasan Mubarak (hasanmubarak) on May 18th, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

    I totally agree with sufisahib!

  3. Opee (omeropee) on May 22nd, 2009 @ 1:37 am

    .. very well written. Truly reflects Lahori thoughts and mind. Lets all join hands, come forward and contribute as much as we can with all our minds as well as sensibility.

  4. lifeofmansur on May 23rd, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    I am not so sure if I want to donate to the PM’s fund. As a newcomer to Lahore, I feel my money/ donation will be misused and won’t actually get to the people who deserve the money. I agree with sufisahib that we should rather approach those people who we know and can trust.

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