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[7 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
We Are All In the Hole Together: A Reflection on Volunteerism

Rubina Feroze Bhatti
Pakistan
“Pakistan is now undergoing the greatest humanitarian crisis in its history. It will take years if not generations to repair the physical, economic and emotional damage.”
“I traveled in different districts of Punjab to help flood affected people, but I found the situation in Layyah the worst. Everything is very little over here – the food, the fodder, the water and the shelter. What is more is here – the wisdom, the courage and the hope. People are surrounded by water but they know how to make …

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[17 Aug 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
This Pitiless Water: Worst Floods in Pakistan’s History

Rubina Feroze Bhatti
Pakistan
“Heavy flood swept away dozens of mud houses, schools and Basic Health Units. Heavy rains have washed away shops and many people are stranded with no access to food, clean drinking water, and other supplies.”
The worst floods in Pakistan’s history have affected 12 million people, as reported by the government’s Disaster Management Agency. My organization, Taangh Wasaib Organization, has started relief work in flood-affected areas in District Sargodha and neighboring districts. We are in fear of more devastation because of continuous heavy monsoon. This flood …

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[10 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 107. Continuity and Transitions

If nothing ever changed, it has been said, there would be no butterflies.
In this issue we rejoice to introduce some heart-fluttering changes at Peace X Peace.
We welcome new leadership, in the person of Kimberly Weichel; new opportunities for Molly Mayfield Barbee and Liora Herman; and new involvement with the Women PeaceMakers Program for Mary Liepold and Alicia Simoni.
In the midst of change, we’re taking the time to ask: What do YOU want to do? Add your Voice to our discussions! Share your most audacious goal. In what ways are you …

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[10 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
I Love My Country Beyond Intolerance

Rubina Feroze Bhatti
Pakistan
“Pakistan is passing through a very difficult time of its life. This is the time I must support my country.”
Interfaith work is something I’ve been involved with since my childhood. I was born in a religious minority (Christian) community. The first nine years of my life were very beautiful. I lived in a village where my parents taught in two different government schools. My village was a symbol of interfaith harmony and I spent a beautiful childhood with my Christian and Muslim friends. We didn’t have any sense …