Midlands to remember Pak Quake Victims

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AS THE one-year anniversary of the Pakistan earthquake approaches, an exhibition of photographs of the aftermath of the disaster, Nature’s Fury, is set to open in Birmingham.

The photographs have been taken by award-winning Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam; former President of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, founder of the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and jury member for the World Press Photo award. The exhibition will be held during September at The Drum, the National Centre for Black and Asian Arts in Aston.

An estimated 73,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake of 8th October 2005, another 70,000 people were seriously injured, and 2.8 million people were made homeless. This exhibition, commissioned by international aid agency Concern Worldwide, portrays the utter devastation caused by the disaster, and captures the amazing dignity and determination of people in their struggle to rebuild their lives.

Concern has been working in Pakistan since 2001 and responded to the earthquake by providing emergency relief to around 20,000 families. As we move into the rehabilitation phase of programming Concern is now working with communities in North West Frontier Province to improve peoples’ long term, sustainable access to food and income.

Lyndall Stein, Director of Concern UK, is delighted that the exhibition is coming to Birmingham.

“Asian communities throughout the UK provided vital support to those affected by the disaster, both in financial and emotional terms. Concern is proud to be launching this exhibition at The Drum in Birmingham. We want people who supported the relief efforts to have the opportunity to see these moving and poignant images.”

The exhibition will be open from 4th September until 30th September.

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