Many of the people I met there were even more beautiful. They were some of the most humble, hospitable gentlemen I have ever met, and they treated us with so much respect and kindness. I imagine most of the areas I visited were heavily affected by the earthquake; I expect that those same people are now mourning and trying to salvage whatever they can of their possessions and food. On my way to that city, I recall driving alongside mountains for several hours on narrow, curvy roads - our driver kept freaking us out by taking the sharp turns at high speeds, with no barrier between the road and the cliff. I imagine that it must be incredibly difficult to bring food and supplies to those areas via those roads; hopefully there are enough helicopters to cover all the remote areas.
Human Concern International has begun their campaign, and so have a number of other organizations. It is Ramadhan, so let us all try to be charitable insha-Allah!
A few relevant links:
- CBC News has some excellent photo galleries which give an idea of the scale of this disaster.
- Izzy Mo has a very interesting article on why bad things happen.
- My second cousin in Pakistan has an eloquent and emotional post about her feelings on the disaster.
- SAFspace has a touching piece on why we should contribute to relief efforts.