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88-year-old man is Pakistan charity icon

08-30-2010 08:57 BJT

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An 88-year-old man has been helping Pakistan's poor and sick for more than 60 years, setting up 250 relief centers across the country. He's now a national icon, whose charity work is still growing. Cui Lingnan has his story.

Part Mother Teressa, Part Gandhi and a touch of Marx, Abdul Sattar Edhi is the face of humanitarianism in Pakistan.

His years of dedication to the poor have made him a hero in his homeland. Edhi's foundations are supported through donations. His organizations take care of orphans, mentally ill patients, unwanted newborns, drug addicts, the sick and the elderly.

Edhi's fleet of ambulances also picks up victims of terrorist bombings, gang shootings, car accidents and natural disasters.

Abdul Sattar Edhi, Edhi Foundation, said, "The public sees my relief work and I have been working for many years. I serve people and they see with their own eyes. If someone needs to go to a hospital or needs a bath or bury a loved one, we do all we can to help."

Edhi Village, a 65-acre complex in the undulating hills beyond the northern slums of Karachi, is home to three-hundred children and nine-hundred adults. Most residents wear clean, ironed clothes, and their food is fresh. There are two doctors, four nurses and two assistants looking after them.

Nadia Malik, Edhi Village President, said, "I left my home because my parents beat me. After that I had a loveless marriage. My husband divorced me and now I come to the Edhi center. Now I want to go back to my home."

Every year, a significant amount of funds comes from overseas Pakistanis, who want to donate to their homeland. Edhi does not accept donations from international organizations or governments. He says they don't need outside help, and it is important for Pakistanis to help each other.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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