Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Pakistan Images Part Two: Life Amid The Rubble

Pakistan Images Part Two: Life Amid The Rubble

Words and Images - Jon Stephenson

The earthquake was "like Doomsday" according to Abdul Mahroof who huddles inside a rug against the cold at the earthquake-devastated town of Balakot, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Abdul Mahroof, who is shivering, lost 11 members of his extended family in the quake including his three-year old daughter Shanzadea.

A tailor by trade the 24 year old lost his workshop a means of living during the quake. He pulls his blanket tightly around him in the freezing temperatures. At night, temperatures plummet, and many survivors have inadequate clothing and shelter.

Oxfam spokesman Idrees Khan says many survivors will need help not only dealing with the immediate threat of a harsh Himalayan winter but the long-term challenge of rebuilding their livelihoods and communities.

*********

Thanks to an Asia New Zealand media award NZ journalist Jon Stephenson was able to travel throughout earthquake affected Pakistan just prior to Christmas.

Click for big version

Local men survey the ruins of their neighbourhood at Balakot, in Pakistan's earthquake devastated North West Frontier Province.

Click for big version

At an Oxfam camp near Mansehra, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), aid workers erect a tent village for earthquake survivors.

An Oxfam spokesman, Idrees Khan, says work on the tent villages is progessing well, but aid agencies will need more funding if they are to deliver shelter and supplies to around 350,000 homeless people in the NWFP - many of whom are still in badly damaged villages in mountainous regions.

Click for big version

A local boy surveys damage in the earthquake-devastated town of Gari Habibullah in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Around 500 of Gari Habibullah's 15,000 residents were killed in the magnitude 7.6 earthquake, which struck the region on 8 October. The dead included 300 school children. Many of the survivors remain without adequate shelter or supplies of food.

Click for big version

A temporary camp for homeless people set up at Balakot in Pakistan's earthquake-devastated North West Frontier Province. Balakot was among the areas worst affected by the magnitude 7.6 quake, which hit the northern part of Pakistan on 8 October.


Click for big version

A local man inspects earthquake wreckage at Balakot, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Winter is setting in, and snow has already fallen in the nearby mountains where as many as 350,000 homeless Pakistanis remain. Pakistan's government and local and international aid agencies are racing against the clock to deliver food and shelter to these villagers so they can survive the Himalayan snows and temperatures that can drop as low as -20 degrees Celsius.


Click for big version


Pakistani soldiers return to the city of Balakot, in Pakistan's earthquake-stricken North West Frontier Province, after taking aid to remote villages. While Pakistani and international military and civilian helicopters are at the forefront of relief efforts, a lot of aid is being delivered to remote areas by truck, donkey and even by hand.


Click for big version


As the sun sets at a refugee camp near Balakot, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, children carry water to their tents. Facilities in such camps vary. Some are well-designed and constructed, while others are relatively basic. Aid agencies fear the cramped conditions in some of these "tent villages" may lead to the spread of disease, but most inhabitants will survive the harsh winter.

The fate of the many Pakistanis who remain in remote or isolated mountain areas is of far greater concern to Pakistan's government and aid agencies, who have launched a "Winterisation strategy" to ensure they receive sufficient supplies of food and shelter to survive the Himalayan snows and sub-zero temperatures

*********

Donations to assist quake survivors can be made can be made through World
Vision:

  • Pakistan Earthquake Appeal
  • Or Tear Fund Christian Action

  • Tear Fund Earthquake Appeal
  • Or Oxfam:

  • Oxfam
  • ************

    Jon Stephenson is a freelance NZ journalist who spent 100 days criss-crossing Iraq during 2004 and sending stories back for the Sunday Star-Times newspaper - included in these stories was an interview with the then Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. More recently Mr Stephenson's coverage of Iraq and Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip has appeared in Metro magazine. Mr Stephenson was accompanied on his tour of quake stricken Pakistan by BFM host Rebecca Wright.

    ENDS

    © Scoop Media

     
     
     
     
     
    Top Scoops Headlines

     

    Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

    Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

    Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

    The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

    ALSO:

    Buildup:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

    It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

    ALSO:

    Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

    Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

    Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

    Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

    Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

    I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

    Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

    It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

    ALSO:


    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Top Scoops
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news