Silicon Valley Raises Money for Pakistani Flood Relief

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The floods that have ravaged Pakistan in the past month have been described by the United Nations as the greatest humanitarian disaster in recent history. According to latest reports from Pakistan Link and other sources, at least 1,600 people are dead, 5 million are displaced, and 20 million across the country are affected.

But in the face of this tragedy, Pakistani Americans nationwide, including the estimated 10,000 Pakistani immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay Area, have come togetherto aid those in need back home.

This week, Odette Keeley sat down with Umair Khan, board member of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley (OPEN-SV) in the Comcast studios in San Francisco. He was one of the lead organizers of the "Us Now" Bay Area fund-raiser and awareness-raiser for Pakistan flood victims held in Mountain View, Calif., last Sunday. The event drew about 350 attendees. It was supported by a coalition of leading Pakistani Bay Area organizations and has raised close to $500,000 so far. The keynote speaker was Imran Khan, former cricket star-turned-politician and social worker, who gave an interview in Pakistan for the event.

This interview for New America Media’s segment on “Upside” was aired during the live show last Thursday, Sept. 2 on Comcast Hometown Network, CHN 104, and is part of NAM’s partnership with the network.

Odette Keeley hosts and produces NAM's own show for Comcast, "New America Now," airing on the same network—CHN 104—every Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm. She also anchors the NAM segments airing live every Thursday on "Upside" at 6:30 pm on CHN 104.