Jewish girl raises $5,000 for flood victims
By Muhammad Aayan
LAHORE: The weather has turned cold and the nights have become more silent in the flood-hit areas of the country.
The aftermath of floods had left millions stranded, left with no choice but to wait for private and government aid. But now as the season has changed, there is a bigger task ahead as the transition of seasons brings along common infections.
Rameez Khan, a resident of Layyah, who is currently staying in Kasur at the house of his distant relative, told Daily Times about the ordeal of a simple fever.
“My seven-year-old daughter had caught a fever and I was unable to buy medicines for her. By the time I got the medicines, her fever had gotten worst. It took her four days to recover and the way I arranged boiled water for her is only known to me. I am not complaining that my fellow country-men have not done anything for the flood victims but I appeal to them to send warm clothes and other necessary items that are required in winters,” he said.
Flu, fever, coughs and other such sicknesses might only bring a frown to the city residents’ but for the ones living in the temporary set-ups in flood-hit areas, it’s a huge problem. At the moment, a lot of contribution from all sectors of the society is required to help these people survive.
In this regard, lead guitarist of Junoon band and UN’s Goodwill Ambassador Salman Ahmed has co-produced a song with Peter Gabriel, titled ‘Open your eyes, open your heart’ to make aware overseas Pakistanis and the rest of the world about the devastation the floods had caused.
The song is to be released on November 2. Moreover, Salman has been gathering funds while giving lectures at different universities in America. “The amazing thing that happened there was that a 12-year-old Jewish girl, named Tallulah Strom was so emotionally moved by the flood devastation that she decided to raise funds on her own. She ran 30 miles in San Diego and collected $5,000 for the flood victims. It’s amazing how people of different faiths have shown true concern for the flood victims of Pakistan,” Ahmed told Daily Times. By the grace of Almighty, we have managed to raise $1 million from different states of America for the flood victims. And my team and me would continue to pull efforts to gather as much funds as we can to help our country in this time of crisis, he said.
“The attempt of a 12-year-old Jewish girl shows that no matter where people live or follow different faiths, it’s the genuine sentiment that counts for helping others,” Ahmad said, adding that “Pakistanis have no doubt, contributed a lot for the flood victims. Schoolchildren had even donated their pocket money, which shows us that our nation has the will to help each other and we desperately want to come out of the entire crisis.”
The relief collection point in Fortress Stadium is continuously receiving aid but the donors are advised to send winter-relevant items. More medicines are needed in the flood-affected areas to treat to the common infections that accompany winters.