Pak Affairs

Islamic Relief marks ‘Pakistan Floods – One year on’

ISLAMABAD: Islamic Relief organized here on Thursday a ceremony to mark  ‘Pakistan Floods 2010 – one year on’ – in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of Arts.

The ceremony was attended, among others, by British High Commissioner Adam Thomson, Brig. Sajid Naeem representative National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Islamic Relief Founder Dr. Hany El Banna, UN Coordinator Timo Pakkala, Dr. Fadullah Wilmot Country Director-IR- Pakistan and people from civil society.

The Founder of Islamic Relief addressing on the occasion said that event was being commemorated specifically for kids, so he don’t like to speech. Kids will talk and share there feelings. British High Commissioner, Adam Thomas addressing on the occasion said that UKAID are supporting Islamic Relief activities in 60 flood hit villages.

He said: “we would continue efforts to ensure water, sanitation, health, non food items, shelters, education, and reconstruction under Pakistan Flood Response program.

The function was followed by slide show, explanatory note, awards and gifts also distributed among the 12 best paintings by the Jury.

UNOCHA representative addressing on the occasion lauded the efforts of Islamic Relief organization and said that these efforts give us hope and this hope is very important.

Fadullah Wimot, Country Director IRP said that Pakistan has faced several disasters in past including floods, earthquake, insurgency and millions of Afghan Refugees but Pakistan is strong country with strong people.

Later, Founder Islamic Relief Dr. Hany El Banna inaugurated photo and painting exhibition. All the paintings were prepared by flood hit areas children and all the paintings were speak the flood hit areas disaster situation. The participants highly appreciated the efforts of kids as they prepared very beautiful drawings highlighting the relief activities in these areas.

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Saleem Shaikh

The writer is a development journalist. He writes on water, sanitation, environment, climate change, agriculture, women development, human rights, education, health, development budgets and economy.

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