02 September 2010

At three a.m. a very weary, but excited Logistics Cluster Officer made his way through throngs of passengers that filled the arrivals hall of Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad.

At least four major international flights have arrived and the passengers on this occasion can easily be divided into two very distinct categories. One group are Pakistani nationals, most of whom are carrying jerry cans of holy water as they return from Mecca; we are currently in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan so this comes as no surprise. The other category is the influx of humanitarian aid workers arriving to assist with the flood response. Already, I am recognising the odd friendly face from previous missions, friends from WHO, UNICEF and at least five from WFP who have arrived from all corners of the world… it looks like it is going to be a huge operation.

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