Pakistan's Salesians Building Camps for Quake Victims

ROME, NOV. 3, 2005 ( A group from the Don Bosco Center in Lahore, Pakistan, are planning a second refugee camp for victims of the Oct. 8 earthquake that struck the country.

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The center’s group, organized by Salesian Father Miguel Angel Ruiz, worked during October to set up a refugee camp for about 500 people in an area 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the devastated city of Balakot. The Don Bosco work team of 138 people comprised youths, Salesians and teachers.

At a meeting attended by Caritas International and other nongovernmental groups, at which Father Ruiz was present, a long-term plan was devised to build a village of fiberglass shelters.

The project will be carried out in a mountainous region, beyond Balakot. The situation is increasingly worrying because of the oncoming winter. Many people still lack shelter.

Among the aid sent, seven groups linked to the Salesians and part of the Don Bosco Network offered 100,000 euros, which will be shared between Pakistan and the works in Central America to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Stan.

The Pakistani bishops’ conference thanked the Don Bosco team for its rapid mobilization to assist quake victims.

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