John Morton and two MSIA ministers, Holly Engelman and David Morton, traveled in Pakistan and Afghanistan January 16-24, 2002, doing humanitarian aid work for Wheels for Humanity in collaboration with the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA). Through email, John sent brief messages about his travels. The following provides excerpts from his correspondence.
We, David Morton, Holly Engelman and I are very comfortably holed up in our Karachi Sheraton digs. Tonight we are told we are dining with the Mayor of Karachi, a city with a population of a mere 13 million or so.
Yesterday our PIMA hosts took us around to several PIMA supported clinics that cater to the poor and the poorest of the poor. We were also told of medical camps that are set up in the more rural areas that provide free operations.
In one doctor’s moving account, we were told of the prevalence of cataracts in the local population with historically many people going blind often simply due to lack of medical attention. There is a simple lens replacing operation that can be done so that the vast majority of these cases can go from very poor eyesight, moving toward blindness, to not even needing glasses.
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