Living among the Dead

by Ruth Bücker,  2010/09/09

It may sound macabre, but today we drove to a graveyard in Charsadda equipped with a jeep full of drugs and treatment material in order to treat the people living there. They have lost their homes due to the floods and they are now trying to continue their lives as good as possible on the spacious fields of the largest graveyard in Asia.

For these people, the humedica team often offers the only access to medical care. Photo: humedica/Ruth Bücker

Between gravestones, grave mounds marked with stones and newly dug graves, there are several small tent villages on the apparently endless fields of the graveyard. In contrast to refugee camps which have been set up by relief organisations and where the flood victims are taken care of by both local and international relief teams, the people here on the graveyard are left completely on their own.

Over the last few days, dirty wounds combined with the hot and humid air caused an increasing number of people to suffer from festering abscesses. These abscesses partly reached the size of a tennis ball and in the end it was inevitable to cut them open.

Our team visits this place several times a week in order to offer the people here some relief from their misery. Our medical team members change dressings, clean wounds of dust and dirt again and again, examine itching patches of skin, listen to people’s lungs and treat severely festering abscesses which have become more and more common over the last few days.

While the child’s father turned his head, Cindy cut open the abscess in order to clean the wound of pus and dirt. From looking at her you could tell that it was hard on her too, when the girl started crying bitterly. But if she did not take this measure, the wound could lead to blood poisoning which, in the worst case, can cause death.

Scurrile scenario: living among the dead. Photo: humedica/Ruth Bücker

Unfortunately, also little Saman had to go through this painful treatment. An ordeal which can save lives, but also means that both the little girl and her father who was sitting next to her had to live through some painful minutes. When one of our translators and assistants took the two-year-old girl up in his arms, she already started crying terribly.

Saman’s father also is a patient of the humedica team. He had injured his finger when trying to escape the masses of water and part of his finger had already died off, when he sought out our mobile hospital. In the meantime he gets his injury checked on a regular basis.

Saman and her father are “only” two of the more than 200 patients the humedica team can treat every day thanks to your support. 200 people who benefit from your donation. Please help us to keep up this flow of relief aid.

Thank you very much for your support.

Yours faithfully,

Please continue supporting us by means of sending a text message containing the reference DOC to 8 11 90 or by making a donation for the flood victims in Pakistan via our online form or to the account below:
       humedica e.V.
       Donation reference “Flood relief Pakistan”
       Account 47 47
       Bank Code 734 500 00
       Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

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