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10 ways we can keep Edhi alive forever
Even in parting, Pakistan’s greatest philanthropist, the man with the gift of giving, leaves us with lessons for ages to come. Abdul Sattar Edhi will reside forever in the hearts of this nation as the man with an unprecedented commitment to humanity.
Edhi will be remembered for many things; his selflessness, his humility, and above all his charitable work across Pakistan. Let us remember all the ways Edhi made us more human; never to forget what he really wanted from us. Let us keep Edhi alive.
1) Never forget orphans
Every orphaned and abandoned child has a home with Edhi. Distressed by the number of infant corpses he came across in the early days of his work, Edhi founded the baby cradles adoption service.
Today, every centre of the foundation bears a large cradle bearing the inscription: “Do not kill innocent babies, leave them in our cradle”.
2) Respect the dead
Edhi Foundation has one of largest networks for the burial of dead bodies or unclaimed coffins. Graveyards have been established in various cities across Pakistan — such as Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi. There is one even in New York, USA.
The Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth which is the largest in Karachi, receives an average of 10 bodies a day. Had it not been for Edhi, these bodies would remain on the streets.
3) Think beyond borders
We all know Geeta’s story. The Edhi foundation looked after Geeta, the hearing and speech-impaired girl from India who had been stranded in Pakistan for the 13 years. After learning that Geeta was an Indian citizen, the Edhi foundation left no stone unturned to locate Geeta’s family in India.
Further, Edhi’s organisation was instrumental in caring for the injured and the dead from the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986, in Karachi.
He reportedly stood with a team of 64 ambulances during the massacre and his team dodged bullets to pick up fatalities. It is said that Edhi himself carried the remains of Indian airhostess Nee