Children of the Migrants

“No, Aylan. Please don’t die! I’m coming for you!” Abdullah Kurdi shouted hysterically while fighting the towering waves to save his son. It was only 5 minutes the boat had left Turkey for Greece when their boat capsized, leaving Abdullah, his wife and two children to the mercy of open, merciless sea. After failed, frantic attempts to save his wife and children, he took a gut-wrenching decision and, leaving the frail and motionless bodies of his wife and children to the sea, swam for the shore. He did not wager exactly whether it was the sea or the tears that stung his eyes. For a few moments, he felt that he was swimming in his own tears, roaring, as the tides took him to the shore or Koc, Greece. “Why did you save me and took the rest, God?” His mind was complaining as his feet touched the shore and then, everything went black.

“Who is that boy? Can anybody identify him?” The guards were shouting as the body of a small boy wearing red shirt and blue shorts washed up the shore in the morning. One look at the child’s lifeless face and the light faded from Kurdi’s his eyes. It was he, his Aylan Kurdi. Lying lifeless, peacefully on the shore. His face trickling with mud. Was there any end to his agony?

This is not a story out of some tragic fiction novel. It is the moving story of Aylan Kurdi that made people shed millions of tears and broke billions of hearts worldwide. And he’s not alone. Thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing Syria due to enraging civil war that has been prevailing for ages destroying everything in its reach. ISIS has seized control of major cities like Mosul, Raqqa and Kobani in Syria and has forced the locals to evacuate their homes and properties or flee the country otherwise.

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The migrant crisis is the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. The expelled refugees face boats capsizing, extreme cold weather, abuse and beatings of the authorities and all sorts of bleak consequences one could imagine. Children are the ones who suffer the most, who either drown or die of extreme cold. More than 2000 to 3000 refugees are landing on the shores of Greece every day and among them. 47% are children or infants. The children who should have been tucked in their cozy beds and warm bedtime stories are forced to drench themselves in over-congested and overloaded boats to reach Greece and, when they finally arrive, their toil does not end there. From Greece, they tread on foot, covering thousands of miles to reach safe areas. Those are the children who, instead of going to schools, are witnessing one of the most horrifying portrayals of humanitarian crisis in the 21st century. The psychological effect of harrowing scenes of waking up to air strikes at night, having their own house completely shattered and destroyed, ambulances blaring in the distance, their loved ones being snatched away in front of their eyes and getting beheaded is way too much for a child to digest. Still, they are fighting for freedom, for their lives and for a better life.

“No-one puts their child in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

– Benedict Cumberbatch

12243546_878761152201868_5137386275216439389_nThis Universal Children’s Day is dedicated to all the children who are seeing what they should not see, experiencing what they should never experience and walking the road which was not meant for them to tread. We, as human beings, have disgraced ourselves by turning our backs to these people at the moment when they need the most.

Still, there are people who care and recognize the gravity of the situation. Most notable among such organizations is UNHCR. It is the biggest player in the rehabilitation of refugees and is one of the very few organizations which are working on the ground, directly providing food, shelter, first aid, clothing and other necessities. They have a massive fundraising campaign which has raised over a billion dollars and have an extensive network of volunteers directly involved in rehabilitation.

Samaritan’s Purse is another NGO working in collaboration with UNHCR. It is the first human contact refugees make when they reach Greece. Their work mostly is to embrace the refugees reaching Europe. They drag the boats to shore, pick up shivering children and clad them in warm stuff. They are also involved in providing the necessities to those on the road who wish to continue their journey upward to Germany or Austria.

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Other generous organizations like The Children’s Foundation, Muslim Relief USA etc. are also stretching their limits to rehabilitate the refugees as much as they can but the truth is, it is simply not enough. Merely relying on organizations and enjoying a cup of tea in the morning is not enough. It is an hour of distress and a test for the whole mankind. If we fail, the next generations will remember us as the people who showed their backs to the ones who really needed it. It is the duty of whole mankind to take this situation into context and do as much as you can to alleviate the misery of these poor people who have nothing left except tales of their squalor to tell.

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“If we do not act, there is a fear of a whole generation lost and nobody is there to blame except us in the end.” – Secretary General, United Nations

Dear readers, the above mentioned situation is alarming. Let us join hands for a better tomorrow on this Children’s Day. You too can raise awareness about this issue locally and can also donate any amount of money you want at the UNHCR official website. The donations have already reached 2 billion USD but the UN states that they are still short of money. These veterans of suffering and distress deserve massive respect for what they are going through. Help them survive to save humanity.

Written by: Hassam Khan Alizai

Picture credits:

  1. gdb.voanews.com
  2. www.un.org
  3. www.letssavemoney.com
  4. www.aljarida24.ma

Diabetes – The incurable disease

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Health is the real jewel and the most precious possession of man. An increasing concern in the world is the declining health of the people due to a poor diet. Diabetes is among such lifelong diseases as have no cure.

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in human blood is very high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas does not produce insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells. It is the cause of 88,000 deaths per day of which 35,615 are men and 52,397 are women.

Pakistan is a poor country having very little quota for health budget. The alarming figure is that Pakistan is the 7th largest country in terms of Diabetes population and it will be 4th largest by the year 2030. According to World Health Organization (WHO), in the year 2011, 12.9 million Pakistani people were suffering from diabetes of which 9.4 million were diagnosed and the remaining 3.5 million people were undiagnosed.

Different non-profit organizations are working to serve humanity by spreading the awareness about diabetics. The very first one to educate the Pakistanis about the disease is the Diabetic Association of Pakistan (DAP).12246845_876920752385908_2030525896063122418_n

The Diabetic Association of Pakistan (DAP) was established in 1966 with 41 employees and 21 volunteers and the mission is to provide specialized medical care and education to the people suffering. The outpatient clinic of DAP was affiliated with International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 1967. It is one of the oldest members of the IDF and 13th in order of affiliation. Illahi Bukhsh Soomro is patron of DAP and he was the 16th Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan. He is from a political family of Sindh. Starting from an eye clinic for diabetic patients in 1982, the DAP developed its network for human welfare. In 1987, a diabetic food clinic was established and ‘Diabetic Digest’ was issued in the successive year to spread awareness regarding the disease.

DAP was the first one to celebrate World Diabetes Day for the first time in Pakistan in the year 1992. In 1990, DAP hosted the ‘5th World Congress on Diabetes in the Tropics and Developing Countries’ which was attended by 500 delegates from 33 countries. The first ‘Annual Advanced Education Course on Diabetes for Family Physicians’ was also held in the same year.

Currently, DAP is attending around 250 patients daily. It is using Laser Argon therapy for treatment of diabetic retinopathy since 2011. Running educational awareness programs and fortnightly patient education program is part of their association as well. The encouraging part to notice here is that the consultation, insulin injections, medicines and laboratory procedures are all provided free of cost to all Type 1 diabetic children and deserving patients.

The disease itself could be fatal and can cause a heart attack, renal failure or life threatening infections. But still, it is not a death sentence; rather. It is more of a wake-up call to start scheduling your life style. Organizations like DAP need the encouragement and support of our nation to keep on helping patients fight diabetes.

Written by: Muneeb Ali

Graphic credits:

1. quoteswithimages.org

2. diabetesforumpakistan.com

World Kindness Day

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Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith

– Prophet Mohmmed (P.B.U.H)

Kindness, generosity, and gratitude are the key virtues to attain goodness and prosperity in every aspect of life.These virtues are the most pressing need of every person in this globe because the evil of materialism and egoism has always been there spreading its wings to demolish the beauty of souls. Almost every individual has been facing heart-wrenching tragedies and hair rising encounters in their lives and our small deed of kindness and sympathy can uplift their smoldering emotions. The benefits of soothing keenly distress persons’ feelings are far beyond our imaginations. We scarcely visualize the greater prospect of happiness and satisfaction in our lives that we can attain only with our kind and benevolent behavior towards others.

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace

—The 14th Dalai Lama

Our world holds many valuable admiring individuals who have been transforming the lives of numerous with compassion every day. History has its own remarkable figures that greatly influenced the lives of trillions of peoples. At the present time, we own many individuals and organizations working for the societal welfare and spreading the message of prosperity.

Chhipa Welfare Association (CWA) is among such leading organizations striving to serve the humanity regardless of any discrimination of religion, race, and nationality since 1987. CWA humbly began its venture to meet the needs of others unconditionally and to guard fragile bodies and misty lives of people dealing with stifling circumstances. It has been lead diligently by Dr. Mohammad Ramzan Chhipa, whose strenuous efforts has earned him Sitara-e-Imtiaz as a token of gratitude.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity

 —Martin Luther King, Jr.

He struggles to shine a glint of hope in the eyes of people whose lives were literally suspended by having falling prey to malnutrition and disease. CWA provide large number of emergency rescue and ambulance services to save the precious lives. It distributes rations and other daily essential commodities including medication and burial services to the poverty-stricken people. It also feed tens of thousands of starving people with honor on the Chhipa Dastarkhawans has a Chhipa Palna (cradle) to help the abandoned newborns. Beside these, it offer lifeguard services on the major seashores of Karachi as well to lessen the incidents of drowning.
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Chhipa Welfare Association has been serving our society tirelessly and its unconditional sympathy towards tormented individuals is very commendable. Dr. Mohammad Ramzan Chhipa is one of those rare strong souls that spend the best part of their lives dedicating to the societal well-being leaving an indelible influence on peoples’ mind.

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“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness” ― George Sand


On this World Kindness Day, we pay tribute to all such benevolent individuals out there who think beyond the societal, religious, cultural and national boundaries to spread the message of love and affection everywhere.

by: Saima Jawed

Photo credits:
Photo #1: tribune.com.pk
Photo # 2: www.chhipa.org
Photo # 3: nation.com.pk

Car AC Can be potential reason for Recent Cancer Cases

[Public Awareness Message]

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CAR AIR CONDITIONING: #DANGEROUS

No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from, but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer-causing incidents. Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, seven days a week. As I read this, it makes me feel guilty and ill.

Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the #car. Open the windows after you enter your car and turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.

Here’s why:

  • According to research, the car dashboard, sofa and air freshener emit Benzene, a #cancer-causing toxin (carcinogen) .
  • Take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car. In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes #anaemia and reduces white blood cells.
  • Prolonged exposure will cause #leukaemia, increasing the risk of cancer. It can also cause miscarriage. Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq ft.
  • A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of benzene. If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.
  • People who get into the car keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.
  • #Benzene is a toxin that affects your #kidney and #liver. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

So friends, please open the windows and door of your car – give time for the interior air to dispel the deadly stuff – before you enter.

Thought: ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.’

Comments:
This post was reported to be Hoax by a member and we did the research again.
In a search of the literature I could not find any recorded cases where anyone had litigated against the manufacturer of any vehicle because of the emission of benzene fumes from the dashboard or any other structures within the vehicle. Litigation cases of so-called “benzene lawyers” in the United States of America was also checked in an effort to determine whether any cases had been dealt with – but to no avail. No reports of successful or failed court cases because of benzene fumes emanating from dashboards or any other (plastic) structures within vehicles could be found.

It is my personal opinion, however, that until specific scientific evidence to the contrary is presented, it would be prudent to take note of statements to the effect that some fumes may build up in a vehicle that was parked in the sun with closed windows. We must, however, not forget about our own safety and open doors and windows of a parked car and be hijacked or something similar! If you have any claims or proofs to reject the claims. Please post in comments below.

Hepatitis – Confront it before it kills you

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We all are very familiar with the word “liver”, but do you know what it is exactly and how valuable it is for our body? Most of us are unaware that the liver is the largest gland in the human body and also the largest internal organ. It plays a vital role in all digestive processes while cleansing the blood being its basic purpose. With the help of vitamin K, it makes proteins and is also one of the organs that breaks down and restores blood cells.  This tells us pretty much about its importance already.

The abnormal functionality of liver can cause a fatal illness like Hepatitis. It is caused as a result of injury to the liver with inflammation of the cells. Five types of this grave disease are:-

Hepatitis A

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis E

It is very essential for every human being to be aware of the causes so that he can prevent himself from contracting it. It can be caused by one of many things including a bacterial infection, liver injury caused by a toxin (poison), and even an attack on the liver by the body’s own immune system.

It is pretty shocking that this sickness is spreading at the speed of light and approximately 600 million people are estimated to be Hepatitis carriers worldwide. Moreover, it takes approximately 1 million lives every year. Hepatitis C is the most common among these five types which is usually spread through direct contact with the blood of a person who has the disease and also through drugs. This disease can swell and damage the liver. It is estimated that nearly four million people in Pakistan have been exposed to Hepatitis B virus and about eight million to Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis D virus is prevalent in certain districts of Baluchistan, Punjab and Sindh due to the existing Hepatitis B cases and low coverage of Hepatitis B vaccine in this high risk population.

On 28th July, World Hepatitis Day is celebrated by Hepatitis support groups, patients and advocates worldwide raising awareness regarding this virus. This day is celebrated in almost 100 countries where several events are conducted like free screenings, poster campaigns, demonstrations, concerts, talk shows, flash mobs and vaccination drives etc. Notably, in 2012, a Guinness World Record was created when 12,588 people from 20 countries did the Three Wise Monkeys actions on World Hepatitis Day to signify the willful ignorance of the disease. On this day people get an opportunity for educating themselves and get greater understanding of viral Hepatitis as a global public health problem.

photo credit: http://blogs.plos.org/

photo credit: http://blogs.plos.org/

The yearly report of WHO (World Health Organization) also featured Hepatitis through specific themes like ‘Hepatitis; Think Again’ and ‘More must be done to stop this silent killer.’

Hepatitis suffers are in desperate need of support from their family and friends which sadly lacks in majority of the cases. Relatives either detain them to their rooms or leave them on the mercy of doctors. We need to empower patients and their families so that they develop the courage to fight this disease and save their loved ones.

Written By: Marium Ashraf

World Hepatitis Day 2015: Prevent Hepatitis; Act Now

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28th July: World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis, a well-known disease, is an inflammatory condition of liver, the largest gland and internal organ of the body. Liver plays a vital role in metabolism of the body, production and decomposition of red blood cells and detoxification of toxic agents.

Hepatitis is of many types; viral hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, drug induced hepatitis and autoimmune hepatitis etc.

Worldwide, Viral Hepatitis is the most common cause of Liver inflammation.

Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing millions of people every year. Unfortunately, Hepatitis B is the 9th leading cause of death in the world. According to World Health Organization, with 400 million people living with hepatitis B and C worldwide, 1.4 million die due to these infections every year and many more become newly infected. This is an alarming situation for all of us.

These infections can be prevented, but the main thing in which we lag behind is education and awareness, as the majority of people do not know how to save themselves from this fatal but preventable disease. So the most important thing is to educate the society about each and every aspect of it.

Hepatitis viruses have different mode of transmission in the body.

Hepatitis A and E — through contaminated food and water;

Hepatitis B – through unsafe blood and other bodily fluids;

Hepatitis C – mostly through infectious blood; and

Hepatitis D – serving as an additional infection in the presence of Hepatitis B.

These viruses all cause acute hepatitis which is characterized by fatigue, loss of appetite, fever and jaundice.

Hepatitis in its early stages is still curable but the thing is to seek treatment properly.

WHO has been intensifying its efforts to support countries in addressing viral hepatitis. The Global Hepatitis Programme was established in 2011 following a World Health Assembly resolution which also identified July 28, World Hepatitis Day as an official WHO day.

As every year has a different theme, WHO and World Hepatitis Alliance have announced that the campaign theme for World Hepatitis Day 2015 will be the prevention of viral hepatitis. Because prevention is not better than cure; it is the best cure.

We can only fight against hepatitis if we know the risks, demand safe injections, vaccinate our children, get tested and seek treatment.

The key message of World Hepatitis Day 2015 is prevention by

  • providing safe food and water (hepatitis A and E),
  • vaccines (hepatitis A, B, and E),
  • screening of blood donations and provision of sterile injecting equipment and assuring infection control (hepatitis B and C)..

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Prevent it by joining hands and say “Yes!” to hepatitis free generation.  

Written By: Javeria Rehman

World Population Day

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INSPIRATION OF EVENT

World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event marks the significance of population trends and related issues. It was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987-approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.

Some themes which world population day followed included young people (2014), access to reproductive health (2012), fight poverty: educate girls (2009), being young is tough (2006)

POPULATION AS CHALLENGE

As the world population has edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.11745908_999625340057870_6891425933147525244_n

The world population is increasing by leaps, especially in underdeveloped and developing countries. Gaps between the rich and the poor are widening, leading to inequality around the world. Food insecurity, water shortages and weather-related disasters are already on their way. Population management and resource allocation is a key challenge. Here, we need to manage the resources very efficiently. We need to create awareness among ourselves about saving the natural resources.

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Population can be an opportunity as well, if the talents are effectively and efficiently utilized. People under 25 make up 43 percent of the world’s population, but the percentage reaches 60 percent in the least developed countries. When young people claim their right to health, education and decent working conditions, they become a powerful force for economic development and positive change.

ROLE OF YOUTH

Today’s 1.8 billion young people are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future. Yet, too many young people continue to grapple with poverty, inequality and human rights violations that prevent them from reaching their personal and collective potential.

 

Safeguarding the rights of adolescents and youth and investing in their future is essential to their development and that of their families, communities and countries. Providing quality education, decent employment, effective livelihood skills and access to reproductive health, will ensure that every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

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The projected growth of the world’s population will require countries to plan ahead and develop policies to provide access to resources for growing numbers of people, if they wish to eradicate poverty, reduce social and economic inequality, and end unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, while safeguarding the environment.

Written by: Ayesha Amer

Raahi | Zinda Chal

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Most of us do things that damage our health and others. And most of us have habits that we would like to change. Behaviours can change in fundamental ways – but usually through the interaction of incentives, information, peer pressures and changes to the environment, rather than because of any one set of measures. Road side accidents have been a growing Health concern. Traffic accident victims are on rise. Specially in case of Pakistan, our road behaviours and ethics need great change to help avoiding serious road accidents and injuries.

Raahi campaign is focused on Motorists, Motorcyclists and Pedestrians education and awareness in fun way in form of Humorist videos and Memes. Both with element of Engaging awareness and also fun element.

Do visit our Facebook page for more updates. Coming soon our website.

 

There is a teacher in everyone of us

Khadijah Niazi is an inspirational example of how online education is revolutionizing learning. She was only 10 years old when she first took the Artificial Intelligence online course on Udacity.
Now, she is a 14 year old girl studying in the 9th Grade and has already managed to complete more than 20+ online courses and has appeared at global events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos. Her goal is to inspire young students to trust themselves and teach themselves. She runs a blog titled “World studies with me”