Saturday, August 14, 2010

Raising Awareness for a Worthy Cause

Widespread media coverage has already made it known to the international community that Pakistan is suffering at the hands of Mother Nature. I am afraid the situation is very desperate. The two Northern provinces, one considered to be the bread basket of the nation, have been devastated. Not to mention the long suffering region of Kashmir. The economy has been ruined, water borne disease is rampant and now the engorged banks of the Indus threaten a third province.

At times like these we realize our place in the great human family, of which we are all part of. Whatever aid reaches flood victims, it will not be enough. That’s why no matter the aid group no matter the charity we need to help. The images and stories coming through are heartbreaking. Any being with a beating heart can feel and identify with the victims.

Their sorrows are doubled when we realize that on this day 63 years ago a significant portion of the Muslims of the subcontinent gained not only freedom from imperial rule but a homeland of their own. Each year this event is celebrated as Independence Day. A day on which we reflect on the meaning and purpose of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the sacrifices we made as a people to attain our dear homeland. Sadly with the nation gripped in a crisis of biblical proportions the people do not have the luxury to reflect let alone celebrate.

The following images will show the brave javan of the Pakistan army coming to the aid of their countrymen, in their hour of need. They are duty bound to serve and protect the very people who adore and support them the most. Without the people of Pakistan there literally can be no Pakistan army.

What is unjust is that due to a new threat of neo-colonialism not only is the purpose and meaning of an Islamic Republic being lost it is being actively attacked. As resources are diverted from the frontlines the neo-cons clamor for more bloodshed. They cannot stand to see participants leaving their staged fight to rescue measly villagers. Their inhumanity is jarring, there can be no doubt their souls are lost and their hearts are stone. These are interesting times indeed may God show mercy on each sublime creation.

Heart Renching photos after the jump

In this handout photograph released by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Department (KPID) on July 30, 2010, an aerial view taken from a helicopter shows houses marooned in flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in the flood-hit Nowshera district. AFP/ Getty Images /
An aerial view shows Nowshera city submerged in flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan on Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

An aerial view of a man and his animals surrounded by floodwater in Taunsa near Multan, Pakistan, flooded on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)

Pakistani flood survivors line up beside a damaged bridge in Medain, a town of Swat Valley on August 2, 2010. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents watch water pour through a street on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan on July 28, 2010. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Villagers try to catch trees floating in the flooded Nelum river in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir on Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Aftab Ahmed)

An aerial view of floodwater covering the land as far as the eye can see, around Taunsa near Multan, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)

Residents watch from a nearby hill as army helicopters rescued trapped residents from Nowshera, Pakistan on July 31, 2010. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

A Pakistan army helicopter evacuates stranded villagers in Nowshera, Pakistan on Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

A woman yells as her child is evacuated from the roof of a mosque where residents were taking refuge from flood waters in Sanawa, Pakistan on August 5, 2010. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Nimra, a three-year-old girl, who was rescued along with her family from Kaalam in the northern area, kisses the window glass of an army helicopter after their arrival at Khuazakhela in Swat district located in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on August 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

A family being rescued by army soldiers passes a cargo truck with men on top taking shelter from heavy floods in Nowshera, Pakistan on July 31, 2010. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Pakistan army soldiers pass a baby across a channel in the floodwater as they help people flee from their flooded village following heavy monsoon rains in Taunsa, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)

Pakistani army soldiers help an elderly villager evacuated from flooded area in Nowshera, Pakistan on Friday, July 30, 2010. AP / Mohammad Sajjad

A Pakistani boy named Jeeshan stands outside his tent in a camp set up by the Pakistani army inside a college on the outskirts of Nowshera on August 2, 2010. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

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