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Edhi: “I’m not God, just a humanist”

This video shows a discussion with the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. The viewer is shown an ordinary day in his life and taken in to his office. One observes the incredibly humble life-style lived by this humanist.  Edhi states humanity is the essence of all religions. The Holy Quran, too, he says teaches Muslims to feel for other human beings. However, it is a trait that most people have forgotten. He is critical of Muslims in Pakistan and states that he has yet to come across a single true Muslim in his entire life. Capitalists, according to him, indulge in ...

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The life of an abused woman

In this video a young woman by the name of Allahrakhi, from the Panah Shelter in Karachi, Pakistan, is interviewed. For her entire life, Allahrakhi has known nothing but sadness and misery. Orphaned as a very young child, her uncle took her and her siblings in, only to deprive them of their father’s wealth and make them bonded labour. On getting married, Allahrakhi was again subjected to abuse; she was beaten often and severely by her husband. Her sister-in-laws-, too were cruel. They did not allow her new clothes or food, and kept poisoning her husband against her . Later, when her child was born, ...

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2005 Earthquake: Voice of Allai

On October 8 2005, a massive earthquake of magnitude 7.6 stuck Pakistan. It affected 3.5 million people and killed 87,000. Allai was one of the most affected areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, with over 2,188 people dead and 256 injured. In 2007, the partnership of the recovery program for the development of Allai was initiated by Save the Children, Sungi Foundation, Church World Service and the Interactive Resource Centre. Save the Children has constructed 15 schools, it has trained teachers, and is working to improve standards of health and nutrition. Thirty-eight thousand people now have access to clean water in Allai thanks to their ...

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Video Blog: No one cares about the floods

The people of Sindh have lost their homes and have been forced to live in make shift houses made out of pieces of wood and whatever clothes they could salvage from their ravaged belongings. They don’t have food to feed themselves, and clean water is a mere dream to them. Their livestock is dying because there is nothing to feed them. The floods have washed away their crops, and with that, their sole means of survival. In addition to this, these people have been beaten by their landlords for having moved to a safer place, away from the inundated lands. They ...

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Video Blog: Friends without borders

This is my story of peace; of how my perception has changed about India over the last few years. It was the winter of late 2009. I was surfing through my Facebook fan page for Sheehsa, when I saw a message in my inbox which was sent by a girl named Arveen Singh. In the message Arveen asked me to promote her page on my fanpage. However, when I went to view her profile, I found out that she was from India. This immediately sparked my curiosity, and I sent her a friend request, which she accepted. Thus began a beautiful friendship. ...

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Video Blog: Of human bondage

This documentary is about a women named Hina. She tells the sad tale of her life in Khanewal, where she has been working at a brick kiln since childhood. She, and many others like her, have been accused of stealing and prostitution. They have been imprisoned, sexually harassed and beaten within an inch of their lives. Yet, they continue to work at the brick kiln since it is their only means of feeding their children and putting clothing on their backs. The men who work at this kiln are separated from the women. The women are raped by the owners, who make videos of ...

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Video Blog: Wake up and vote

This video was created by Jaag Utho – a youth mobilization campaign by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). Jaag Utho volunteers Nasir and Rizwan were the brains behind the video. Election Commission of Pakistan is conducting a door-to-door voter verification campaign from August 22 to September 30, 2011. In this campaign they will visit each house in Pakistan to verify the electoral lists according to the data given by NADRA. Voter registration is one of the most critical steps in bringing a change to Pakistan. It is the duty of each and every citizen to use the power of their vote. I especially appeal to the youth ...

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Video Blog: Singing for peace

French author George Sand wrote in a letter to her friend in 1872: “Art for art’s sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of the true, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for…” Mankind’s struggle against ugliness is as ancient as the human existence itself. In these times, as we continuously witness new wars and bloodshed in the name of “civilizational conflicts”, Sand’s statement should be the manifesto of every creative person. Sadly, in our not-so-pure land, commercial artists of every medium continue to produce material which doesn’t ...

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Video Blog: Forgotten floods – daily travel, daily trouble

Earlier this week I was in Kasur to produce a news feature on the flood affected areas. In order to get to the village Mastikhey, which is one of the last border villages, we ended up walking in fields which were submerged by knee to thigh length water. On our way back, the villagers gave me a ride on a buffalo cart where I learned just a little about the hardships the villagers face on a daily basis. Pakistan’s 2011 floods continue, but who is paying ...

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Video blog: City of the oppressed

While crossing the ugly, narrow streets you will find countless small, wooden doors, almost on every wall. They are mostly locked from the outside, but you can hear a continuous, disturbing noise echoing from these rooms. This haunting noise is the outcome of those power looms that run with the sweat and blood of tens of thousands of workers. If you dare to enter any of the small rooms, you would feel as though you have entered a machine. The walls say it all; they are full of cotton dust and silk web, causing dangerous lung diseases amongst the majority of people who work here. Welcome ...

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