Help for Ahmad, Naila and Sama

by Judith Kühl,  2010/08/16

humedica coordinator Judith Kühl wearing the traditional veil. Photo: humedica/Simon Gelzenleuchter

Just as she was in Haiti at the beginning of the year, Judith Kühl is currently in charge of coordinating reporting to Germany; she is prepared to give interviews, writes reports herself and her objective is to inform, to give incentives to think and to make people in Germany aware of emergencies. The difference is: this time Judith is not working in the Caribbean state, but in Pakistan. In the reporting series "Thoughts from Pakistan" you can read about the experiences and emotions of our young employee.

This is where our help arrives

“Should I make a donation or rather not? Many people in Germany turn this question over in their minds. Will the money reach those in need? While the Germans were ready to donate for Haiti, we have only hesitantly donated for the flood victims in Pakistan up to now.

Unfortunately, those affected most strongly by the majority of disasters are the poorest of the poor. People from those social classes that are unable to help themselves. This was also true for the flood of the century in Pakistan. Those villages which have suffered the worst damage are villages where huts were built only from straw and clay, since this were the only materials the inhabitants had at their disposal.

Diseases affect above all those persons who no longer have access to clean drinking water. Their wells have been buried by mud and slush. Numerous farmers and their families will have no means of providing for themselves and no income on a longer term. Their harvest has been spoilt by the masses of water.

Furthermore, the continuing rain is washing away the possessions of several millions of people. They are running along the riversides, in order to retrieve their crockery and clothes from the banks. They cannot afford to buy anything new. Millions of people are still fleeing from their destroyed villages.

The inhabitants of the villages are trying to find their belongings, which have been carried away by the flood over several kilometres. Photo: humedica/Judith Kühl

Thousands of people have set up their tents on the median strip of a six-lane highway between Peshawar and Islamabad, in order to receive food, water or money from those passing by. Children run across the highway without proper caution and get hit by cars. Thousands are spending their nights on one of the largest graveyards in Asia, because the ground there is more or less dry. The situation continues to be disastrous; in particular for the poorest ones.

The poor cannot afford a doctor. Those who are ill or injured often cannot make the long way to the next hospital. With our mobile hospital, humedica is offering help to those persons who urgently need medical treatment. Those persons who have no money for buying drugs.

Our help reaches the people. People like 20 year-old Saima, who has an inflammation of her eyes caused by the dirty water. People like little Ahmad, who has an inflamed insect bite at his foot. People like grandmother Naila, who suffers from pains in her chest. They families thank our doctors warmly for the treatment.

We would like to pass on this gratitude to you, dear donors. Thank you for not forgetting the poorest of the poor in Pakistan.

Yours sincerely, Judith"

Dear friends of humedica: please continue supporting the work of our medical team in Pakistan. This disaster is of a size we can hardly stand up to without your financial support.

You can send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90 and contribute a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into our project work. Please also donate for the flood victims in Pakistan via our online form, or choose the traditional way of supporting us by transferring your donation to the account below:
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference "Flood relief Pakistan"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Thank you very much!

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