Team Pakistan Speaks Salutes Abdul Sattar Edhi The Angel In Human Form
We live in a society where killing the masses is okay. Why one cannot live in peace and harmony? Why the behaviors of the people are attributed towards more violence and not peace? Why there is decrease in the helping hands? There are many questions and no specific answers to them. Here I am going to discuss one of the most legendary persons, ‘Abdul Sattar Edhi’ who just not has saved million lives but also provided a shelter and peaceful environment to live in. He was born in 1928, when the British Empire was at its height, in Gujarat, what is now western India. When he was twenty, he volunteered to join a charity group run by the Memons, the Islamic religious community to which his family belonged.
At first, Mr Edhi welcomed his duties; then he was appalled to discover that the charity’s compassion was confined to Memons.
He confronted his employers, telling them that “humanitarian work loses its significance when you discriminate between the needy”.
So he set up a small medical center of his own. He used to sleep on a cement bench outside this center so that even those who came late at night could be served.
But he also had to face the enmity of the Memons, and became convinced that they were capable of having him killed. For safety, and in search of knowledge, he set out on an overland journey to Europe, begging all the way. After returning, Edhi established the ‘Edhi Foundation’ with the public donations he received after this immunization initiative. The foundation has developed into an organization of ambulances, clinics, maternity homes, mental-health institutions, home for the physically handicapped, blood banks, orphanages, adoption centers, mortuaries, shelters for runaway children and battered women, schools, nursing courses, soup kitchens and a 25-bed cancer hospital. It is now the largest social welfare network in Pakistan, has offices in several countries and has undertaken relief operations in Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus region, eastern Europe and the US, where it helped provide aid following the New Orleans hurricane of 2005.
Mr. Edhi discovered that many Pakistani women were killing their babies at birth, often because they were born outside marriage.
One newborn child was stoned to death outside a mosque on the orders of religious leaders. A furious Mr Edhi responded: “Who can declare an infant guilty when there is no concept of punishing the innocent?”
So Mr. Edhi placed a little cradle outside every Edhi center, beneath a placard imploring: “Do not commit another sin: leave your baby in our care.” Mr. Edhi has so far saved 35,000 babies and, in approximately half of these cases, found families to cherish them. He also runs the world’s largest network of ambulances which are always available in different circumstances.
Mr. Edhi has become a folk hero for many Pakistanis. The people of Pakistan are indebted to him for his unwavering commitment to the social welfare of Pakistanis and share in his vision for a brighter future for our country. Mr. Edhi is a living testament to the innumerable good that can come out of one man’s vision and dedication for achieving a better life for his fellow citizens.