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   Inside Out - West Midlands: Monday October 17, 2005

PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE SPECIAL

Survivors of earthquake - Photo - AFP/Getty Images
Lost generation - a young boy contemplates his lost friends.
Photo - Photo - AFP/Getty Images

We look at the trauma faced by the Midlands families with no news about loved ones caught up in the South Asia earthquake.

In the aftermath of the October 8 earthquake disaster, money and support are desperately needed to help the victims of the crisis.

Help is also needed to assist those still living in the worst-hit areas of Pakistan to get back on their feet.

Ashley Blake reports on how the disaster 4,000 miles away has affected the thousands of Asians living in the West Midlands.

KEY CONTACTS

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
DEC Asia Quake Appeal, PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA. Donation line - 0870 60 60 900

High Commission of Pakistan Helpline - 07946 476 616 / 020 7664 9284

International Committee of the Red Cross
Missing persons tracing team - 0845 053 2004

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
020 7008 0000

Birmingham taxi driver Liakat Ali tells how he helped recover the body of an 18-year-old man from the ruins of a mosque brought down in the earthquake, which happened while he was visiting family in Pakistan.

We hear about the school where 90 per cent of the pupils originate from the disaster zone, and look at the fundraising efforts they are making.

And we find out about the UN rescue mission co-ordinated by West Midlands fire crews, which has saved over 600 casualties.

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