Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Oct 25, 2005 3:49 PM

MUZAFFARABAD (AFP) – A baby girl born in this quake-hit city of death and devastation has become a symbol of hope for survivors, as the “tsunami baby” captured the imagination of Sri Lankans when he was survived from the giant waves last December.

Word has spread and everyone wants to see her,” said Ismet Kamal, a volunteer from Karachi at the field hospital where the baby was born on Saturday. “Survivors come to see her, they say she brings hope,” she said.

Gynecologist Azhra Ahsan said that the baby had come as a “nice surprise.”
It made everyone happy to have a baby born. There has been so much death here,” the doctor said. Ahsan said she had not expected to do much gynecological work when she volunteered to join the team from The Citizens Foundation NGO that runs the field hospital in the City, where 38,000 victims of the October 8 earthquake died.