Freezing temperatures dominated work in Pakistan quake region

 

"Temperatures sometimes fell to -15 degrees celcius - so cold the moisture in your eyes froze... Even though we had a metre of snow, we were getting 10 to 15 patients a day. They were dragging them on sledges or carrying the whole iron bed with the patient to the clinic." - Paul Jawor.

UK volunteer Paul Jawor spent last winter working in the Leepa Valley region in Kashmir, about 200 metres from the 'line of control' between India and Pakistan. The valley is totally surrounded by peaks of over 3,000m and there is only one road, destroyed in the October 2005 earthquake. MSF teams set up a basic health care clinic there providing surgical care to the injured and general care to women and children.