Hockey Heroes in Khashtra Camp
Caption: Star hockey pair Sohail Abbas of Pakistan and Geert-Jan Derikx of The Netherlands talk with children going to school in one of the 3,000 temporary tent schools supported by UNICEF. The hockey champs were on a tour of earthquake-affected areas to hear first-hand from victims on how they are faring eight months after the devastating earthquake killed 73,000 people and left more than two million people homeless. Abbas and Derikx spent an afternoon at the IDP camp in Khashtra village of Garhi Habibullah, where 100 families from the three most vulnerable groups: widows, landless and disabled, have stayed behind while other families have begun returning to their villages to rebuild.
Caption: Pakistani hockey hero Sohail Abbas backs up a team of boys living in the UNICEF-supported IDP camp at Khashtra at Garhi Habibullah. Abbas, who now plays with Dutch clubs, raised funds for earthquake victims through an exhibition hockey match he arranged in The Netherlands late last year. He visited earthquake affected areas in Bagh and Mansehra districts from May 28 to June 4 with a team of Dutch media to talk first-hand with people who lost their relatives, homes and livelihoods, and to see how relief and rehabilitation efforts funded by Dutch donors are faring.
Caption: Dutch hockey star Geert-Jan Derikx shares hockey tips with three boys living in the UNICEF-supported IDP camp at Khashtra in Garhi Habibullah. The boys hold hockey sticks donated by sponsors in The Netherlands and presented to the children of Khashtra camp by Derikx and Pakistani hockey champion Sohail Abbas.The hockey heroes were on a six-day visit to earthquake affected areas to assess the impact of millions of dollars in donations from The Netherlands government and The Netherlands UNICEF National Committee to earthquake emergency and rehabilitation projects.
Caption: Dutch hockey champion Geert-Jan Derikx looks on as boys living in the UNICEF-supported IDP camp at Khashtra village in Garhi Habibullah duel each other in a hockey match using sticks donated by sponsors in The Netherlands.
Caption: Pakistani hockey champion Sohail Abbas shows he can also wield a cricket bat during a visit to Khashtra IDP camp, where he chatted with children survivors of the October 8 earthquake and taught the boys some hockey tricks. Abbas, who has been playing with Dutch clubs for the last two years, was pivotal to fundraising efforts in The Netherlands in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
Star hockey players Sohail Abbas of Pakistan and Geert-Jan Derikx of The Netherlands brought cheer to children in Khashtra village of Garhi Habibullah on May 31, presenting 40 brand new hockey sticks to the Khashtra IDP camp and leading the boys in a frenetic match in the camp grounds.