400 Patients treated today

by Ruth Bücker,  2010/09/10

If it were a competition, we could refer to it as a new record. Although our relief mission in Pakistan is not about that, our joy and satisfaction about having treated 400 patients today is probably worth more than a gold medal.

Gul Sanga has eighteen grandchildren and a lot of stories to tell. Photo: humedica/Judith Kühl

While in the morning our team once more visited the tent villages in the graveyard of Charsadda, our equipment was packed into the car earlier than usual and we drove to another refugee camp inhabited by people who have lost their homes.

250 children, women and men live here in 40 tents; that means some tents are shared by up to 14 persons. The first tents were set up here almost two weeks ago. According to the camp coordinator, the flood victims, who before had lived on the median strip of the six-lane highway, needed to leave that place urgently for security reasons.

Now families like the one of Gul Sanga, a woman with eighteen grandchildren, have found shelter here. Gul Sanga lives in one of the tents together with one of her sons and his six children. They have access to reasonably clean water, but they lack everything else they need for life.

At least this evening, however, there will not be a lack of food. Iftar is the Moslem word for the dinner that takes place after each single day of fasting. This evening, such a dinner will be provided by our partner organisation ARO. Simon, our coordinator, Christopher, our driver and interpreter, and I have been asked to stay for this special occasion.

An invitation to dinner after sunset at the refugee camp. Photo: humedica

It was a strange feeling: after I had constantly been fanned air and offered a chair and the only cushion available in the tent, no matter where I went this afternoon in order to talk to the camp’s inhabitants, should I now really accept an invitation to a feast with those people who else did not have enough to eat?

All the people’s gestures and actions expressed such exceptional care and goodwill towards me, and it is part of their faith to invite others to join them for Iftar and be blessed by doing so, but despite knowing this, it was not easy to accept the invitation without feeling ashamed.

In order to help the little girls and boys, their mothers and fathers in a sustainable way and change the conditions they live in, I would like to ask you to continue supporting us. Thank you in advance for your commitment.

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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