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"Saints in Pakistan" - feature article in Ode Magazine

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  • "Saints in Pakistan" - feature article in Ode Magazine

    Abdul Sattar & Bilquis Edhi, who are often praised as Muslim equivalents of Mother Teresa, run the world's largest volunteer organization.

    Fuelled by a fierce conviction that the only way out of poverty is through self-help, Edhi has created a network of social services which is funded entirely by donations, and exists without logistical or monetary help from the government. In Karachi alone, a sprawling city of fifteen million, Edhi Foundation clinics care for thousands of people every day.

    In a country where only three percent of GDP is spent on public health (fifteen percent is the norm in the West), Edhi is looked upon as a national hero. Comparisons with Mother Teresa abound, yet Pakistanis proudly point out that Edhi is a native son, that he doesn't proselytize, and that his doors are open to everyone.

    Written and photographed by Jay Dunn 

    Project supported and published by Ode Magazine.
    Read the complete article on their web site at

    For a slideshow  highlighting the Edhi's humanitarian efforts, visit