Humanitarian Man

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

More photos and another trip!

Another link with photos:

Looks like I will spend a few weeks back in the earthquake zone in April. Please let me know if you are interested in sending funds directly to the people who need it most.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

More Photos

KCH Photos

Dave’s Photos 1 2 3

IMC Slide show of Photos

IMC info and Photos

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

From all over the world, and away from the media glare, volunteers have gone to help in the rebuilding of Pakistan since last month's disastrous earthquake. Who are they, why did they go, and what did they find when they were there?

Although the earthquake in Kashmir has dropped out of most of the news, many volunteers are still working in the field, trying to save the lives of villagers who have lost their homes -and may lose more with the onset of winter.

Pneumonia takes hold in quake zone

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) -- Hundreds of people, most of them children, have contracted pneumonia in Pakistan's earthquake-stricken zone as harsh winter weather sets in, health officials said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I have uploaded some more photos of Muzafarabad, GHB (KCH), and Balakot and the journey to each at

Thursday, November 03, 2005

It’s been a while since I have been able to post. The photos below are all of the Balakot area of Northern Pakistan.

I would like to say a special hello to the development class in Tulsa Oklahoma who is following this blog and the developments of this tragedy in Pakistan. I encourage all of you to get involved in humanitarian work and stay at the cutting edge of new technologies and strategies that need to be implemented in the humanitarian world to reduce suffering.

I will be doing some heavy traveling in the next couple weeks evaluating the UN food distribution sites that are being run by local NGO’s and will also be inspecting a number of field hospitals in the worst effected areas. I will be working on behalf of a large international NGO who has taken on a lot of responsibility in this crisis and has the insight to be looking forward with a five year plan.

Try to get some more photos up soon, but bandwidth here is extremely problematic.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Update from the hospital in Garha Habib Ulla (KCH)

Everyone associated with the hospital is living and working outside in tents. The hospital's medical facilities and hostels are completely compromised. The standing structures will be torn down soon, so as not to continue to be a safety issue. The buildings will all have to be re-built ASAP, even during the winter months.

KCH is one of the primary examples of the need for shipping containers to work out of. There are no sterile environments strong enough for the doctors to work in once the buildings start being torn down. It will then be nearly impossible with all the dust and debris to conduct surgery without some type of non-tent temporary structure.

We have scoured the dry ports from Karachi to Peshawar and there are, at this point, no shipping containers to be had. Once they do start importing them, they will be incredibly expensive. Although Pakistani citizens have been amazing in their charity and personal sacrifice to give to their fellow countrymen, many businesses have been price gouging like mad! Unfortunately, most major NGO's and the UN have no choice but to purchase materials at the asking price in a crisis.

Please consider giving specifically to KCH by donating through Paypal on this site.

I had the chance to view this week's Asian issues of Time and Newsweek. The earthquake made the cover of both magazines, but I felt that they really missed the point. Both feature stories surrounded the idea of Pakistan and India being brought closer together politically through the earthquake. I realize that this is a major possibility (at least in the near term), but speculating and writing shallow anecdotes about it while 3 million people in the region are homeless, injured and barely surviving in the freezing weather seems crass.

The winter is approaching. Four days ago, I observed the first snow caps on the mountains. We have already had quite a bit of freezing rain and hail where I am. The majority of the 3 million left homeless from this catastrophe are in the mountains. The snow is coming and very, very few are ready.

One of the things that we need badly right now is shipping containers or other relatively easily moved semi-permanent shelters that are stronger than tents. I have been in talks with Save the Children here who are doing a magnificent job under the circumstances, and they, along with a number of other organizations, have stated this is one of the top five critical needs right now.

In any humanitarian crisis, two elements of infrastructure are usually constant: tent cities and distribution centers. The problem in this particular humanitarian disaster is that it has been almost impossible for many groups to set up proper distribution centers in the most effected areas due to the fact that there are no structures left standing! Many organizations have been forced to store relief goods in trucks in the affected area while organizing distribution; however this normally leads to a precarious security situation as eventually the trucks get looted.