On the Ground in Pakistan - Air Mobile in position to bring CLEAN WATER to desperate places!!
December 21, 2005 - Wednesday - 9:38pm (Pakistan Time) - Lahore, Pakistan - Report submitted by Joe Hurston
Since landing in Pakistan yesterday morning, we have been busy, busy, busy! I linked up with Dr. Naseer Shaikh upon arrival. We have been very blessed to have Dr. Shaikh as our "Champion" here in Pakistan. He is the former Surgeon General of Pakistan and so clearly understands the desperate need to get clean water into the disaster areas immediately. We have been from one meeting to the next. We were even interviewed by CNBC TV network today explaining our quest.
Tomorrow morning we depart very early for Islamabad. There, we will be in mulitple meetings concerning the deployment of the Vortex Voyagers TM. To be so close to the incredible disaster that is unfolding is heart-wrenching. There are literally MILLIONS of victims in the mountains within eyesight. We must do all that we can to help them in this, their darkest hour. This morning, I read the following story and would like to share several excerpts with you.
DULIARD, PAKISTAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR – With no road access and few spots for a helicopter to land easily, the Machiara Valley in northern Pakistan had yet to see any relief supplies for two months after the devastating earthquake...
Survivors of the South Asia earthquake that killed some 80,000 people and left 3.5-million homeless have cobbled together a few makeshift shelters from bits of wood and old shawls.
One villager, Kasem Jan, sleeps on the frosty earth by the collapsed ruin that was once her home in the hamlet of Duliard, perched 7,500 feet high. At night she cradles her small children in her arms for warmth. They have lost much of their clothing in the quake, leaving them with little more than rags against the freezing nights.
"It's so cold at night. I'm scared my children won't survive," she says. Seven member of Kasem's family were killed by the quake and her child and brother are still buried under the rubble.
"I've tried to get them out, but it's too hard, I can't do it with my hands," she says, starting to cry.
Like most villagers, Kasem's cattle were killed and her farming land ruined. The quake also dried all the mountain springs and now the villagers must trek up a perilous track to another valley to fetch water, which they carry on metal urns balanced on their heads. The journey takes several hours....
In a matter of weeks most of this region will cut off from the outside world by over six feet of snow. "What will happen to us then?" asks a village elder.
The sad fact is, this story is repeated literally hundreds of thousands of times as this report is being prepared. To those who read this report, PLEASE just take a moment and pray for these precious people that are suffering so terribly. Please pray that we find great success in securing funding for these Vortex Voyagers TM to help relieve the imminent threat of disease and death in this region. Until the next report...
President - Air Mobile
PS - Please continue to read the following reports to see how this tragic and incredible story has been unfolding. God Bless You and thanks again for taking the time to read this report.