Aid worker’s diary

Most of us have shifted focus from the harsh reality that survivors of last October’s quake now face, but relief efforts are continuing and a lot more is still needed. Partly because of all the discrepancies and controversy surrounding earlier aid distribution and partly due to the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome, a lot of Pakistanis have not bothered with checking on the plight of those in need. But even now, a lot can be done.

The BBC has an update on the conditions in the remote areas of Pakistan where people are still in dire circumstances:

“Isabelle Giasson of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports on the battle to provide shelter for earthquake victims in remote mountain villages of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.”

According to Isabelle’s account, there is still a severe shortage of medical aid and warm clothing. Though snow is a blessing for those short of fresh water, the heavy rains and strong winds are taking their toll and prevent helicopters and other supplies from reaching the people who need them.

Since my trip to Muzaffarabad, I have wanted to return and help out in any way that I can, but simply getting to these areas is a problem. If anyone reading is planning a relief operation or knows about one, count me in.