British girl pitches in to help Jaipur bombing victims

May 15th, 2008 - 10:50 am ICT by admin  

By Kavita Bajeli-Datt
Jaipur, May 15(IANS) Twentytwo-year-old British national Esther Shaylor had come to India to be part of a voluntary organization engaged in disaster response. She had never imagined her skills would make a big difference to others, especially those injured in Tuesday’s serial bombings here that at least killed 63 people. Shaylor had come to Jaipur in September last year to work with RedR, the Indian chapter of the RedR International network, a voluntary organisation that works in the field of disaster response, disaster preparedness, rural development, training and humanitarian work.

On Tuesday evening, eight bombs went off within 15 minutes in a one-kilometre radius. Sixty-three people died in the heinous bombings and over 200 were injured. When Shaylor came to know that some of the injured were battling for life, she rushed to the Sawai Mansingh Hospital to help nurse them.

Applying a bandage to a seriously injured person, she said “sorry” to him at least a dozen times whenever he winced with pain.

“I have spent a lot of time in Israel working with emergency ambulance service and as a volunteer for six months. I am used to this kind of pain and suffering. I love to work for the cause of humanity,” Shaylor told IANS.

Taking a round of the wards where the injured were being treated, she could not stop muttering: “So much tragedy”.

Shaylor, who is a resident of Birmingham and has a degree in disaster management, said that despite Rajasthan being hot during this season, she loves the exotic and historic place.

“I love India and I love Rajasthan even more. I don’t find any place so worthwhile,” she added.

She said her only advice to other tourists would be to “be prepared for everything and anything here”.

“India can be as welcoming as any other country and as bothersome as any other country. The decision would vary from one person to another. For me, India means lot of things. I have learned lot of things and I have been able to share lot of things too,” said Shaylor, who picked up 15 Hindi words during her stay here.

But her favourite is “Theek hai”.

Shaylor is leaving in two weeks. But hopes to return soon to the country she has fallen “madly” in love with.

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