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Under Secretary Hughes Leads Presidential Delegation to Pakistan


Pakistan
November 14, 2005

On November 14, Under Secretary Hughes led a presidential delegation to Pakistan to view firsthand the devastation caused by the Ocober 8 earthquake.  The Under Secretary, former Chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service, James P. Kelly; Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc., Henry McKinnel, Jr.; and Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation, Anne M. Mulcahy visited with victims of the earthquake at the U.S Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) operating in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan.

The MASH unit provides urgent medical care to more than 1,200 people injured by the earthquake. One month after the earthquake devastated India and Pakistan, President Bush praised U.S. relief efforts in Suth Asia and called on Americans and the international community to contribute more to help meet short- and long-term needs as winter approaches.  The United States Government has made $156 million in relief funds available for a disaster that has killed more than 70,000 people.

The delegation also visited the Dewan Tent Village where they were able to see the Narol Government School up and running in a tent donated by the United States.  The Narol Government School was completely destroyed by the earhquake, and 90 studens and 4 teachers (including the head teacher) were killed.  On November 8, the Narole Government School resumed full operations after U.S. Navy Sea Bees cleared the rubble and debris from the school's premises and constructed six latrines.  Under the overall coordination of the Government of Pakistan, 250 students now regularly attend the school.

The State Department and USAID photos below were taken on November 14, 2005.  Click on each photo for a larger version and more information.

Under Secretary Hughes and Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Henry McKinnell stand next to stack of pharmaceutical products
Some of the pharamaceutical products donate by Pfizer to the Mobile Army Surgical Unit

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Inside the Mobil Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit.

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Under Secretary Hughes meets a young earthquake survivor and her father at the MASH unit.

Inside MASH Unit, stff speaks to Under Secretary Hughes and delegation members
MASH personnel talk to members of the delegation.

Under Secretary Hughes listens as MASH personnel describe critical care unit
At MASH unit, Under Secretary Hughes listens to update on care and condition of injured Pakistani child.

 

aerial view of flattened buildings in Pakistan
Some of the devastation seen in and around Muzaffarabad, Pakistan.

Aerial view of earthquake damage and tents set up in Pakistan

Aerial view of tents set up amid destroyed homes and businesses in Muzaffarabad area.

 

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Young students at the Narol Government School opened in a tent donated by the United States following the October 8 earthquake.

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Young girls attending the Narol Government School in a tent donated by the United States.
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A young girl reads to Under Secretary Hughes.
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Students show the Under Secretary their new schoolbooks.
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Under Secretary Hughes laughs with girls at the Narol Government School.
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Tarpaulins donated to the Dewan Mushtaq Group to help winterize the tent villages in the area of Muzaffarabad.
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Under Secretary Hughes talks to families living in the Dewan tent village.

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A translator helps convey the concerns of families living in the Dewan tent village.

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Under Secretary Hughes holds a tiny survivor of the October 8, 2005 earthquake.


Released on November 14, 2005

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