RIP Abdul Sattar Edhi

In Karachi, Abdul Sattar Edhi has died at the age of 88.

He was chairman of the Edhi Foundation.

Edhi was born in Gujarat and fled to Pakistan in 1947.

From his poor background, Edhi created a charitable empire, Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation, funded entirely with private donations.

He owned just two sets of clothes, and slept in a windowless room of white tiles adjoining the office of his charitable foundation. It had just one bed, a sink and a hotplate.

With no welfare state in Pakistan, Edhi opened his first clinic in 1951.

Over the years he and his team created maternity wards, morgues, orphanages, shelters and homes for the elderly.

He was several times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Picture source: Hussain via Wikimedia