A Story in 3 Pictures: Of Defiance, Hope, and Need

Posted on May 24, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Najam, About ATP, Disasters, Society
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Adil Najam

The three pictures in this post need little by way of commentary. Between them they present three facets of the unfolding IDPs story that will, one way or the other, help define Pakistan’s future. All three are pictures of internally displaced Pakistanis (IDPs). But much more than that, these are pictures about each one of us. These are pictures about their defiance, their hopes, and their needs. But these must also become pictures of our defiance, our hopes and our continuing resolve to help them meet those needs.

The first picture, above, must serve as a reminder to all of us of what this is all about. Who the IDPs are. In whose name they have been ‘displaced.’ And why this must be a story about all of us. The second picture is the type of picture I hope we will see more of; and soon. It shows a bus returning to Buner as at least part of the region has now been cleared of Pakistan’s enemies. But it is the third picture that we must not forget. It is a picture of the immediatcy of and the enormity of the relief needs that are still needed and which will continue to be needed; even if we did see many more pictures like the middle one (which I earnestly hope we will).

It is in meeting these immediate needs that allof us can play a real role, no matter where we are. ATP readers have already contributed upwards of US$ 5500 ($3500 through direct contributions, and $2000 from our Ads). We have now sent US$ 2000 to the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan and US$ 2000 to UNHCR. We continue to collect and intend to make a third tranche of contribution soon. As always, do let us know of other good ways to get the IDPs the support they need.

17 Comments on “A Story in 3 Pictures: Of Defiance, Hope, and Need”

  1. Waseem says:
    May 24th, 2009 11:28 am

    Wonderful work as always

    All three pics are emotive. Love the one with the flag. This I’d our fight again the enemies of Pakistan which is why we must all help in whatever way we can

    This is our duty

  2. Yusuf Haq says:
    May 24th, 2009 11:35 am

    Adil Najam,

    I’m sure you are upto-date on the current situation of IDPs. Our politicians who *forced* Pakistan army to conduct the operation *clean-up* are now forcing the Federal Govt to restrict the victims of Swat and Malakand Area to N.W.F.P only?

    Why is that so? are they not Pakistanis?

    I’m a Muhajir from Karachi and my heart goes out to All Pakistanis, and I’m embarassed at the ‘racist’ attitude of our *liberal* political thugs like Altaf Hussain, PPP Sindh and all other racist elements in Pakistan.

    Can the Pakistanis stand-up to this? and demand that every Pakistani has every right to go, live, and do business in every inch of Pakistan.

    Down with racism and down with these political cum racist thugs who currently rule Pakistan.

  3. May 24th, 2009 12:16 pm

    Lets hope for the best

  4. Saad says:
    May 24th, 2009 12:49 pm

    Very moving. Yes, the need will be long term even if some are now going back. We all should chip in if we can. Whatever we can do. ATP is doing great service with this. The taliban people are already recruiting in these camps. We Pakistanis have to make sure we stand up to them.

  5. Shiraz says:
    May 24th, 2009 2:21 pm

    1. One of my juniors from College of Telecommunication, National University of Sciences and Technologies (NUST) in Pakistan have created this social network at http://idppakistan.ning.com/ .

    Here is his message: I guess I sent you invitation as well. If not just go ahead an sign up. On the donate link you shall find organizations currently involved in helping the idps. Please let others also know about it. What we are trying to do is get feedback from the effected people and post them in this network to help donors decide where to donate.

    3. My Alumni has raised ~10 Lakh Rs. and few of my juniors have left for Mardan area to distribute food and consumables. We are continuing to raise the funds.

    4. I also recommend that you write to your CEOs and ask them to donate to UNCHR and setup matching funds so employees can contribute.

  6. Tahir Ahmed says:
    May 24th, 2009 5:21 pm

    just saw Adil Najam fundraising on GEO for this …. Wonderful job and raised tons of money…. So glad he is continuing this elsewhere also

  7. Qadir Ali says:
    May 24th, 2009 8:03 pm

    Yes I also saw Dr Najam on Geo and he did very good. Same passion ad here. GEO did good to ask him to raise funds for this vital cause.

  8. Shabbir Raza says:
    May 24th, 2009 8:16 pm

    The most important of these pictures is the one of the bus returning to Buner. If people remain in camps too long then resentment and anger will start. So we really need this to be a clear victory and a quick operations so that people can have faith and return home as soon as possible. Otherwise they will sway to the side of the enemy.

  9. Farouqui says:
    May 24th, 2009 11:15 pm

    I think the nation has finally begun to come together around this issue and finally begun to realize that our real enemy are the Taliban and these terrorists. Let us tackle them strongly.

  10. May 25th, 2009 8:40 am

    The nation is waking up but watch out for the self proclaimed Islamists.

  11. Saba says:
    May 25th, 2009 11:13 am

    Pakistan will remain inshallah till last day

  12. Sajjad says:
    May 25th, 2009 8:56 pm

    I hope Pakistanis can ignore the bigoted and racist messages propagated by the likes of MQM and JSQM and can truly come together to help their brothers and sisters in need. These people should be free to go anywhere in the country as that is their right. These proud people are not in this situation by their choice. I have been to Swat several times and each time I was amazed by the generousity and hospitality of the local people. I hope the rest of Pakistanis can now return similar kind of hospitality to the IDPs.

    May 26th, 2009 7:27 am

    About 2.8 Million IDPs in Pakistan are looking forward to international World to Help. In which, about 66,000 are women who are pragnents and ready to deliver their child next moth, while 1000 of them requires delivery by serious operatrion & medical care (according to UN Agencies reports).

    Let they go back to their territories ASAP, and Pakistan law enforcement agencies check & announce that their Areas have been cleared and Check-posts at each corner of residential streets with watchmen & guards of local language speaking personals for protection of their local residents have been established of good citizens.

    Any delay in completion of operation searching houses & peoples at every nook & corner of Swat area, is going to make on-going human delimma into worst-to-disastrous ‘politically-destablizing’ region i.e. clearly visible and I would like you to share my ‘visionary-radar’ enabling you any betterment of the situation to contribute for.

  14. PAISTANI says:
    May 26th, 2009 9:56 am

    ATP is doing a great service. Also saw Mr. Najam on Geo raising funds and it was very impressive to see corores of rupees he was raising there. This is the real Pakistani spirit. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  15. Farrukh says:
    May 26th, 2009 10:01 am

    In the 5 days left, I hope you will reach the $5000 mark. Keep up the good work.

  16. S.M. Usman says:
    May 27th, 2009 12:05 am

    Moving pictures and tremendous effort that you and many others, like Teeth Maestro, are doing. Pakistani bloggers make all Pakistanis proud.

  17. Shoaib Ahmed says:
    May 31st, 2009 10:25 am


    Great pictures and great effort by all of you to raise awareness. Keep it up Pakistaniat.com.

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