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Liz Fendley*

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FIRST-PERSON: Quake damage like ‘watching CNN from van’

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One of the survivors
This Pakistani student was among the survivors at a girls’ school leveled by the Oct. 8 earthquake. Along with two teachers, approximately 200 girls, or one-fourth of the students, lost their lives.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP)--It is hard to put into words all that I saw and experienced on this trip, one of the most significant trips I have taken. We saw so much devastation -– whole towns reduced to rubble.
      Most people told us that if you were outside, you survived, but if you were inside a building, you died. It was hard to process it all. Some days it felt like I was watching CNN from the van window.
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In a tent city
A Pakistani mother shelters her children in one of the tent cities that have sprung up since the Oct. 8 earthquake. Many traveled to the camps – some now housing as many as 3,000 people -- barefoot through mountainous terrain, without anything except the clothes on their back.

      We met many people in great need.
      They peeked out of their tents, intensely curious yet cautious. “Who are these foreigners and why are they here?”
      We went to a girls’ school located in one of the hardest-hit areas of the Oct. 8 earthquake in South Asia. The school had collapsed, killing more than 200 of their classmates. Now they were meeting in tents next to their crushed building. We came to help them, to listen to them, to encourage them, to love them in Jesus’ name.