My name is Zebu Jilani and I am the granddaughter of the last Wali (ruler) of Swat. As you must all have heard, the people of Swat are embroiled in a life-and-death struggle with the Taliban. There is such a total breakdown of law and order that even the Wali’s personal residence, which is the house I grew up in, has been occupied by the Taliban. 70% of the population has been displaced, and the people who remain in the valley are being mercilessly killed by the Taliban for minor infractions of their backward vision of Islamic law, and are also caught in the crossfire between the Taliban and the Pakistan army. Their situation is dire and we need to act immediately to alleviate their suffering.
I will be going to Pakistan on the 25th of May to personally help the refugees. Because of my family’s status, we have access to local people who are very talented and well educated, and I intend to mobilize them in the refugee camps. Among the refugees are at least 30 nurse practitioners who worked under my grandfather whom we could employ to give free healthcare to the people in the camps. Also among them are teachers and nurses who could be recruited to work in the camps. By providing employment and services, we could start making the camps self-sufficient instead of leaving the refugees solely dependent upon handouts.
Because of the urgency of this situation and the approaching summer heat, your support will be much appreciated because it will be particularly effective at this time. 100% of your donation will go directly towards preventing disease, death, and dependency in the refugee camps. If you check back in the near future, you will be updated on the progress of our work.