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The good person from Karachi

PAKISTAN: In Karachi, 85-year-old Abdul Sattar Edhi takes care of orphans, abused women and the sick with the help of his family. His charity is one of the largest in the world. The "360 ° - GEO Report" on Saturday, December 14th at 7.30 pm

A film by Vardan Hovhannisyan and Emily Mkrtichian

Violence and political unrest are commonplace in the Pakistani capital of Karachi. One man has a different vision and helps those particularly in need, amid the turmoil and against the resistance of the Taliban.

Normal life is a daily challenge in Karachi. The capital of Pakistan has suffered from political and social unrest for years. In particular, those in need such as the elderly, the sick and children are forgotten. They would have no chance of survival were it not for a man to support them in the midst of chaos and violence. For 65 years, Abdul Sattar Edhi, now over 90, and his family have been trying to help their fellow human beings by encouraging others to show compassion and tolerance. Not everyone likes this attitude. Edhi himself has been threatened several times. But his success is exemplary. 360 ° - GEO Reportage visited the man in Karachi.

Muslim fundamentalism, violence, political unrest - that's what Pakistan and especially the capital Karachi is known for in the western media. In the midst of the chaos, a man is trying to realize his vision of a non-violent and peaceful Pakistan: Abdul Sattar Edhi is the head and founder of the country's largest aid organization. In the last 65 years he has given a home to over 50,000 orphans, rescued over 20,000 unwanted babies and trained over 40,000 young girls to be nurses. Living in poverty himself, he has never placed himself in the service of large corporations or organizations or allowed himself to be taken over by politics. An attitude that earned him criticism and even public threats, for example from the Taliban. In return, Edhi has the people of Karachi on his side, who see him asking for help on the streets. Edhi's principle is based on mutual help and the appeal to simple humanity in a city where mildness and mercy seem long lost for many. Edhi is now over 90 years old, as is his wife Bilquis. Both try to place their legacy in the hands of their children. But will this succeed and the help will continue to work when the two well-known symbolic figures of mercy and philanthropy are no longer there?


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