We, the American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT), appeal to the United Nations to aid the people of Pakistan who are still reeling from the environmental damage caused by the devastating earthquakes and floods in the past few years. The people have received precious little assistance in their time of need from the government of Pakistan, who has taken the funds meant to rebuild the communities and transferred the monies to international banks, thus embezzling millions and crippling the economy. The results are the shutdown of basic necessities such as gas and power across the nation.
Sources close to the AMMRT have reported that in Faisalabad, the workers in the cloth mills are suffering with no money, resorting to selling their children and even to committing suicide. Even though this is a very heinous sin for Muslims, such is their current sense of hopelessness.
The AMMRT was formed under the auspices of the Vice Chancellor of the International Qur’anic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani, and is composed of American healthcare professionals who have placed their lives in jeopardy and selflessly given their monies, time, and medical expertise after catastrophic disasters around the world including Ground Zero, Hurricane Katrina, as well as the calamitous earthquakes and floods in Pakistan.
In the aftermath of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, millions were left homeless, sick, and starving with little hope that their situation would change. Monies and other capital donated by many nations of the world, including the United States, were misappropriated by corrupt government officials to help bolster their own political standing. The result was a tremendous increase in not only the percentage of the population in poverty, but a greater separation between the classes. This was seen firsthand by the AMMRT team as we worked in the Ayyub Medical Center in Abbottabad, where on a daily basis we witnessed poor patients being left for dead and not given even subpar treatment; whereas, their more affluent counterparts received the best the hospital had to offer. In one particular instance, a pregnant mother and her unborn child both died because the hospital would not allow us to “waste” the use of an Ultrasonography machine.
This same scenario presented itself once again in the wake of the floods that ravished the Punjab province in 2010. Following a month of monsoon activity, floods devastated much of the area, displacing about 20 million people, submerging about 1000 miles of roads under water, and killing approximately 10 million head of livestock. Also, millions fell ill due to the microbe-friendly environment created by the stagnant water.
Presently, the government of Pakistan has become non-existent, having given the citizens only false promises, while fleecing them of the billions of rupees in aid money that the country has received from all over the world. To add insult to injury, the government has increased the price of food and other essentials, ensuring that more people will suffer. The squandering of donated aid and resources in this fashion has made the recovery from disasters of this caliber almost impossible.
The United Nations – and the world – must act today!
The UN was formed not only to establish world peace, facilitate friendly dialogue between neighboring countries, and to prevent a third world war, but also to help rebuild nations in the aftermath of disasters by providing support to the people affected by these events. Now more than ever, your assistance is needed in this part of the world.
The AMMRT appeals to this organization to fulfill the mission under which it was founded and help end the oppression and resultant suffering of the people of Pakistan. If you do not help immediately, the death toll will inevitably rise, millions will continue to be displaced, suffer economic depression, and fall ill to the scourge of diseases that are unearthed in the wake of calamitous natural disasters.
We, the American Muslim Medical Relief Team, remain committed and willing to continue lending our assistance to the relief effort, but are insisting that the United Nations give immediate help, particularly in the light of these recent revelations of gross mismanagement and, indeed, neglect by the Pakistani government.
Please answer this urgent plea and do not hesitate to include us, as we, too, were established for the sole purpose of providing aid to mankind and we cannot sit idly by as this situation continues to unfold and deteriorate in the manner it has.
We implore you to join us in bringing peace, stability, and hope to millions!
American Muslim Medical Relief Team