TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR MANY PAKISTANIS (MANY ARE CHILDREN!) German paramedic describes the camp as "Dante's Inferno"!
"This place is like hell," said the 26-year-old paramedic from Frankfurt. "People are living together in squalor. Everyone is coughing, and the babies get sicker every day. I cannot imagine how they will survive. Hell cannot be any worse than this."
Sunday - November 20, 2005 - Updated (6:58pm EDT) - Titusville, Florida - Air Mobile HQ - Report submitted by Joe Hurston
The reporter asked me, "Why the urgency to get back to Pakistan?" It took a moment for me to sort through the emotions. People are dying of thirst! When cholera or diarrhoea strike, it's just a matter of hours before death IF rehydration is not administered immediately. In many cases, simple, CLEAN WATER will save the life! I distinctly remember being in Haiti years ago when a distraught mother brought her child to us and before our eyes, the child died from diarrhoea (resulting in dehydration). That is what is happening in hundreds of make-shift tent-cities throughout Pakistan. That's the urgency! Time is running out for many and IT IS PREVENTABLE! That is why we must return to Pakistan. We MUST help these precious people!
You may view the newscast from Tuesday, November 15, 2005 that was conducted by the Orlando CBS Affilate, WKMG Channel 6. We are thankful for this media coverage that portrays the plight of millions of survivors of the October 8, 2005 Earthquake.
To see the actual newscast, go to www.airmobile.org and Click on: Watch the November 15, 2005 CBS (WKMG) newscast!
While we are stateside, awaiting funding, Air Mobile is developing a special Solar power-pack that will be suitable to operate the Vortex Voyager TM in the Himalaya mountains where hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis are trapped. Many have injuries and have yet to receive any care. We must get clean water into these areas! On our recent trip into Pakistan, officials have promised us air-support to get the Vortex Voyagers TM into the most isolated places. The Forward Medical Team coordinators have asked us to bring in 200 Vortex Voyagers TM IMMEDIATELY!
The following Los Angeles Times story paints a pretty grim picture.
November 16, 2005 latimes.com - Los Angeles Times
Quake Survivors Now Mired in Squalor
Surrounded by sewage, without clean water, about 2,000 people crammed into ramshackle tents are falling prey to disease.
By John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan — Shortly after a cold rain had finally quit, German relief volunteer Waggas Sajid walked the muddy paths of this city's most disease-ridden tent camp for earthquake survivors. Picking his way through mounds of rotting garbage and excrement, he felt like a character in Dante's "Inferno."
"This place is like hell," said the 26-year-old paramedic from Frankfurt. "People are living together in squalor. Everyone is coughing, and the babies get sicker every day.
"I cannot imagine how they will survive. Hell cannot be any worse than this."
Doctors blame the outbreak of infectious disease, including hundreds of cases of diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, on a shortage of toilets, foul drinking water and the occupants' close quarters.
The German medical team, from the group Humanity First, discovered the camp after arriving in Muzaffarabad a week ago.
Its members reported the situation to foreign health officials, who said they did not even know that the camp existed. Since then, several groups have rushed to the camp and have been shocked by the squalor.
"These are deplorable, appalling sanitation conditions — absolutely and completely inadequate," said Dr. John Watson, a communicable disease monitor for the World Health Organization in Muzaffarabad.
There was only one tank for drinking water, which soon became contaminated. Without latrines, residents relieved themselves just outside their tents, Din and other doctors said.
This is a recipe for an epidemic."
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REPORTS to get specific details of Air Mobile's plans to return to Pakistan ASAP! In a nutshell, disease is spreading like wild-fire and winter is closing in on millions (over half are children). Our prayer is that we will receive funding so that we can return to Pakistan quickly and bring clean water to dying people! Thanks for taking the time to read this. Read on for details!