Young and energetic men, also mentally strong, are required to carry out relief efforts in the earthquake-affected areas, as they would be able to carry relief goods on foot to otherwise unapproachable parts, and I would be bearing all the expenses, said Naveed Ahmad, while talking to The Nation on Wednesday.
A private pilot and qualified tattoo designer, Naveed has been to the affected areas recently, and portrayed gruesome picture of the people, who have been left at the mercy of the nature again because there seem to be a fewer and far between relief efforts in the areas he visited. "Now we need energetic men, who can carry the luggage and walk long distances. As roads are not there in the Bagh vicinity, but narrow walking strips, it is these people who can carry out relief efforts. These men must be mentally strong, apart from being physically, because it needs a lot of courage to see many mutilated bodies around," he stated. Naveed has offered to bear all the expenses from his own pocket. "I just need workforce to reach the far-flung areas for rescue and relief efforts. My plan is to have about 100 young men for five teams consisting of 20 people each. I want to take essential medicines and relief goods to the areas. But the most important thing is the burial of the dead," he added. According to Naveed, there was a dire need of funeral shrouds as there was possibility of putrefaction of the bodies, which had actually sat in, and we need to bury the dead as soon as possible. For that matter, there was a need of plastic bags immediately for the burial of mutilated bodies.
He had taken a movie camera with him, "but while I was started shooting a footage, I heard someone asking for water. It immediately made to spurn my idea of making a movie, and I started giving water to people. Now there is a dire shortage of drinking water. One must be carrying water and baked grams with him to the affected areas," he said.
While talking about the deaths, Naveed said he had visited a school where he saw a large number of dead bodies of children. "They all seemed like angels lying over each other under the debris," he said. "It is a rarity to find 100 natives alive at one point," he added. Naveed has estimated above 50,000 deaths in the Bagh vicinity only. He had buried 12 dead with his own hands.
Naveed will arrange generators and cutters to recover the dead from the razed buildings.
Naveed Ahmad can be contacted at 0300-8480404.