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Pakistan youth helps flood victims

08-11-2010 09:44 BJT

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As the number of people affected by floods in Pakistan continues to rise, the country's young people are stepping up to help those in need. Our correspondent Danial Khan met some young men making a difference.

These are not military soldiers, nor are they representatives of the government.

In the absence of adequate support for the internally displaced people from the government, young Pakistanis have taken the immediate initiative to join hands with civil society to help the displaced and homeless people as much as they possibly can.

This young group of friends got together about two weeks back, when reports started coming in about the devastating floods, and the havoc it had created.

They belong to the “Pakistan Youth Alliance”, a non-government youth based organization, run by over seventeen thousand young boys and girls in and around Pakistan.

Their mission is to provide assistance to the flood victims by colleting funds and aid on a voluntary basis.

Ali Abbas, Volunteer, said, "We have already sent many trucks full of aid that we collected and we are going all around the country collecting funds and relief items for the effected people. It is our duty to help the nation when it needs us, it is for the betterment of our future."

The endless queues of people fighting for survival have motivated these youngsters to come forward.

They have been busy working round the clock in raising funds. They have specific goals, and a strategy to meet those goals.

They have gone to the camps on-site and have directly asked the victims what their needs are.

Uzair AlvI, Volunteer, said, "We spoke to the locals and asked them what they need. Their immediate requirements are medicines, water, cooked food and shelter. Woman and child care is also required on an urgent basis. We create lists and then gather the relief goods accordingly."

The Pakistan youth alliance believes that this is the time for the nation to come together and help the impoverished people who have lost everything and now they are even losing hope for survival.

The three main urban cities of Pakistan, namely Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, are heavily populated with over 176 million people, of which more than 50 percent are youths. They seem to be focused, organized and very committed to helping the victims, which experts believe is going to make a huge difference.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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