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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

First Birth in Devastated AJK at a TCF Relief Camp

New life emerged from the ruins of devastated Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday when a woman rescued from an earthquake-devastated mountain village gave birth to a baby girl. The woman, Naseema Bibi, was outside her home in the remote Himalayan village of Paktika when the earthquake struck a week ago, her husband said.

“I’m very happy, I have a new baby,” said the father, Mohammad Munir, who had been camping out in the cold and wet with his wife and two other children since their home was destroyed.

“I was very worried, I didn’t know what to do, she was pregnant, then a helicopter came and brought us here,” he said, speaking at an emergency clinic set up in a ruined army camp in Muzaffarabad.

His wife and new baby, Fareen, were resting inside the tent. Both were doing fine. “It’s the last thing we expected,” said Adnan Asdar of the Citizens Foundation, a Pakistani aid group running the centre. “There’s some good news, we’re very happy. We’re all enjoying this for five or 10 minutes then we have to get back to work.”

Helicopters are still rescuing injured from outlying villages cut off by landslides and bringing them in to Muzaffarabad, while in the ruined city bodies are still being dug out of the rubble. Soldiers were on Saturday looking for the last of 12 employees killed in a bank in the city centre, using a digger to remove huge chunks of broken concrete and twisted metal. Read More ....


Source: Daily Times
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