Today, October 8, marks the 2nd anniversary of the tragic earthquake hit Northern Pakistan, Kashmir, and parts of India and Afghanistan.
But we want to dedicate this post not only to the memory of what happened, but also to the reminder that much more still needs to be done. This post today is dedicated to Zalzala Khan. A little child born in the village of Pore, in the heart of the earthquake-hit region on October, 2005.Last year, marking the first anniversary of this event we had written (other ATP posts on the earthquake here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here):
This is a moment to simply pause, pray and ponder. To think back on what has been done and what still needs to be done.
The same is true today. But, memories fade, new calamities happen, people move on. As the poet says:
Reh gaya Mushtaq dil mein rang-e-yaad-e-raftagaaN
Phool mehngay ho gaye, qabrain purani ho gaeen
But the fact is that qabrain purani nahiN hoeeN. The wounds are still there and they still bleed. The reconstruction has been slow. Children are still without parents. The houses still need to be rebuilt. The villages have yet to be rehabilitated. Much has happened because of the good work of many. But not enough has happened. What remains to be done is much more. Its just that our attentions have been diverted.
There are, of course,many other claimants to our attention and to our generosity. Earlier this year, in July, we at ATP had announced a small donation to the relief effort in Balochistan for those hit by Cyclone YemYeni. We sent half of our gift through Edhi Foundation and the remainder directly to small NGOs working in the cyclone area. Today we have decided to donate our advertising revenue since then to the earthquake relief efforts that are still going on. What we have to offer is not much. But as any one who has been to the area since the earthquake knows, even ‘not much’ can go a long way.
Maybe ours is just a symbolic gesture. But symbols are important. We at ATP hope that what you will read into this small gesture from this small website is that we all can do something. Even if only a little. And if we all do a little, it will soon add up to a lot.
(P.S. Other posts today on Pakistani blogs on the earthquake include: Islamabad Metroblog, Karachi Metroblog, Lahore Metroblog, Teeth Maestro, Micro Pakistan, Chowrangi, Buzzvines, Mera Jehaan, Help-Pakistan. Please add yours in the comments section.)