Islamabad (Agenzia Fides) - Faced with the misery and suffering caused by the floods and torrential rains that have devastated some parts of the country (see Fides, 29/8/2022), the Lay Camillian Family (FLC) and the Camillians of Pakistan immediately mobilized to respond to this humanitarian crisis.
This is what Father Mustaq Anjum, Camillian missionary in Islamabad, in the dioceses of Hyderabad and Faisalabad, where the most marginalized people who need support live, told Fides.
Fr. Anjum, who is the facilitator of the emergency program initiated by the Camillian Disaster Service International (Cadis) task force, explained that the response aims to reach a total of 10,000 people in St. Francis parishes, St. John Paul II and FC sisters.
"The objective of the intervention is to save lives and alleviate the suffering of the affected population by providing one month's worth of food, clothing,
toys for children, medicines and, if necessary, they are ready to intervene for hospitalization and treatment".
The LCF, established in Pakistan on a non-profit basis, promotes, in collaboration with the Camillian missionaries, social and charitable initiatives in favor of the poor and the sick, in accordance with the ideals of the founder, Saint Camillus de Lellis.
The Camillian presence in Pakistan began in 2001 when Fr. Rino Metrini, MI from Thailand, at the invitation of Fr. Amato Aldino, a missionary in Pakistan for 60 years and who died of Covid in May 2021, went to oversee the construction of the Christian Hospital of the Holy Rosary (see Fides, 3/11/2011). To date, the then Camillian Task Force, now called CADIS, has carried out activities in housing projects, farmer support, medical missions, technical training for Caritas Pakistan staff, etc. The fruit of this Camillian presence was the creation, on February 24, 2011, of FCL Pakistan, a group of lay people who have the desire to implant the Camillian charism more deeply. Since then, FCL has actively served the poor and sick through medical visits, free medical camps offering diagnostic tests and medicines. Particular attention is also given to the spiritual assistance of the sick and the poor. (MA/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 6/9/2022)