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Tweeting for Pakistan

Tweeting for Pakistan

From her home in Brooklyn, New York, Natasha Jahangir reached out to one of the world’s most famous actors, in a rather unusual way. She tweeted: “It’s so sad @TomCruise is ignoring his Pakistani fans. -Help raise awareness/donations for Pakistan. Please RT! #pkfloods.” By using Twitter’s @ or mention function, Jahangir ensured that her message would feature in a tab on Tom Cruise’s page.

Three days later, the Mission Impossible star tweeted: “People of Pakistan, our thoughts R with U.” Cruise encouraged his 900,000 Twitter fans to look up more information on “how to help by going to the US State Department’s website or to simply send $10 through their mobile by texting the word “FLOOD” to 27722.”  His message was re-tweeted by hundreds of his fans and soon became a Top Tweet on the site.

On August 18, Jahangir tweeted on Ryan Seacrest’s page: “Help raise awareness/donations for Pakistan. Please RT! #pkfloods  @RyanSeacrest.” The American Idol host soon retweeted to his 3.4 million followers: “Donate $10 to Pakistan flood relief by texting FLOOD to 27722.”

A week earlier, Jahangir, an architecture student who moonlights as a photographer, woke up determined to do something about the lack of awareness and ignorance in the US regarding the devastation that had hit Pakistan.

Pakistanis are currently living through one of the worst natural disasters of modern times. Floods have ruthlessly wreaked havoc on a fifth of the country, affecting 17 million people and 1.7 million hectares of agricultural land. Countless homes, lives and jobs have been destroyed. The US is currently leading assistance efforts in Pakistan, but their response, like much of the world was slow.

“People have been saying a lot of means things about Pakistan. Like Pakistan deserves this. They just have no idea of how bad things are in Pakistan,” said the 22-year-old Jahangir who grew up in Pakistan.  “It’s summertime, all of the celebrities are on tour. They are really busy, but Twitter is one way to reach them. A lot of people follow them. So I thought if they retweet to their followers: why isn’t somebody singing for Pakistan, at least their many fans will find out what’s happening in Pakistan.”

So for the next 36 hours, Jahangir basically mass-spammed famous American singers with the message: “I don’t hear anyone singing We Are the World for Pakistan” Please RT #pkfloods”.

And her message caught on. She was soon retweeted by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Queen Noor, Michelle Branch, and Marie Digby.

And the tweets started spreading. On August 22 Alicia Keys tweeted from her mobile to her 2.1 million fans: “How come I haven’t heard much about what’s happening in Pakistan? Do you feel the same?” Within minutes she followed that up with an article by a Pakistani columnist: “Are we becoming desensitized? “Why Doesn’t the World Care About Pakistanis?” – By Mosharraf Zaidi”. That article was retweeted by hundreds of her fans.

As early as August 11, Jordan’s Queen Rania started raising awareness by tweeting to her 1.3 million Twitter followers: “Dire needs in Pakistan for flood-affected children – Help @UNICEF Please help these children by visiting http://www.unicef.org”.

On August 25 Real Madrid Star Kaka tweeted, “Save lives in #Pakistan, the century’s biggest humanitarian disaster.” He also posted a link for his 1.8 million Twitter followers around the world to donate to Pakistan through the World Food Programme.

British industrialist Richard Branson has also stepped up his tweets for Pakistan. “Across the Virgin Group we are coming together to support the people affected in Pakistan,” the father of the Virgin brand posted on his Twitter page. “We must hold the people of Pakistan in the heart of the human family at this time – Desmond Tutu on #pkfloods.”

Both Kaka and Branson used two popular Twitter hashtags on the floods: #pkfloods and #pakistan.  These user-generated tags are being tweeted an average of 1,000 times a day according to a website.

Actress and philanthropist Alyssa Milano, who has been regularly tweeting about the floods since August 12 to her one million followers, is currently leading the celebrity Twitter drive for Pakistan.  This year Milano won VH1′s “Do Something Twitter” award for using the site to raise money for a non-profit working to supply clean water. On her birthday, she asked her followers to donate money to the charity instead of buying her birthday gifts.

These days on her Twitter page, Milano has been raising awareness about the flood victims, how people can help and also information about Pakistan in general. On August 20, she tweeted: “1 more #Pakistan tweet for 2day. Seems a lot of you think it’s in the Middle East (shouldn’t matter but), it’s not. It’s in South Asia. :) “.

Sahar Habib Ghazi blogs at www.outsideislamabad.com and has been selected as a 2010-2011 Journalism Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

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77 Responses to “Tweeting for Pakistan”

  1. Sadiapa says:

    So very proud of you. You’ve always been an ocean of endless love and generosity. Pakistan is proud to have a daughter like you.
    Keep up the good work and always, always, keep smiling.

  2. Kashif says:

    Natasha Jahangir person of the year 2010 :-)

  3. MDreas says:

    Social media for the greater good. We should learn from this girl’s actions: what can we do to help?

  4. ahseyaAyesha says:

    Thanks natasha! :)

  5. Karim Javed says:

    Hats Off you Young Lady we are really proud of you.

  6. Vanessa Samuel says:

    Hats off to Natasha and all those volunteers whose names havent been mentioned. At present all I can to say to those who belive Pakistani’s possess hatred for the west or deserve this castrophe is that This is the time when u can prove ur humanity. If u belive ur asumption is true , visit the effected areas or atleast visit Pakistan and change ur thoughts abt a land who wishes to progress and improve and live peacfully jus da way u do!

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  8. Mushtaq Ahmed says:

    Sahar has admirably highlighted the power of web and excellent initiative by Natasha. But more
    important is the awareness amongst the good people the world over to feel the human tragedy in
    Pakistan. Their response must to be appreciated.

    I do hope the donations collected is channeled to the needy and not gobbled up by the sharks in
    raging Indus river.

  9. Sadia W says:

    Natasha Im just so proud of you.

  10. Zain Bhatti says:

    Awesome work… my heart goes for all u ppl who helped…. keep up the positive work!

  11. Chris Johnson says:

    It would be good if this flood causes some introspection among Pakistanis. One the one hand they hate the west and talk of Jihad. On the other hand, they want money from the west. If you hate others you will not get any sympathy or money when you are in trouble. I doubt if Pakistanis will change their attitude once the crisis is over. It will be back to the Jihad days. If that happens, the next time you will not even get lip sympathy.

    • Aamir says:

      Chris,
      I do see your POV and if I was in your shoes probably would have thought the same. However, you are referring to a handful of people who carry hatered based on ignorance not only toward the west but to anyone who does not agree with their extreamist ideology and that’s why thousands of innnocent civilians have been target of terrorism in the country. People who are actually affected by this natural disaster mostly don’t even know whole lot about the west, they live in villages and earned a very hard living and live a very simple life. What we see and hear on the media about general population in Pakistan hating the west is not true. A common day Pakistani or a mass majority do not hate the west; if they hate the west they would not go and study there, watch their media, follow their fashion, eat their food, learn and speak their language etc, etc etc. Our goal should be to educate people on both sides about the reality and deny fiction and exagurations some times media potrays.
      Cheers!

  12. rz says:

    Good work Natasha. Calling for help is also sign of rationality and clarity of thought. I am glad that you called these top celebrities and they acted on it right away. The extremist right in our mist have and would have already called these celebrities apostates and passed other righteous judgments against them and called on to public not to accept their donations, but Pakistani common men, women and children who are suffering will surely welcome their help. Good work Natasha. I am assuming that you like Tom’s movies as well, most of us do :-)

  13. AR says:

    Good job! but she is not the only one. There are scores of other Pakistanis on Twitter who are trying to raise awareness. For instance see tweets by @FarhanMasood and @RumaisaM

  14. reactionary says:

    I will be happy when some of these stars donate a movie fee or two for pakistan, retweeting takes a flick of a button
    Real effort requires opening a chekbook which is usually closed unless “haiti” or some other tropical
    Paradise suffers.

    Still I commend the effort by natasha

  15. Yamina Jaffri says:

    Well Done!! You guys are brilliant. I thank you two from the bottom of my heart to come up with such a plan

  16. Rida Shariq says:

    Natasha you have done an amazing job! God bless you

  17. Imad Hameed Khan says:

    Technology put to great use.Bravo Natasha!

  18. Haroon M says:

    Natasha is probably one of many who have been doing a lot for the cause. She happened to get noticed. All of the unsung heroes need our praise. Bless you all and may your efforts bear fruit!

  19. Abhishek says:

    Extending the help is OK but authorities should also realise that the aid should reach the victims otherwise no matter how much the world help will do no good to flood victims.

  20. layla says:

    well done natasha…i think we all can learn a thing or 2 from you!

  21. layla says:

    great job nat

  22. Impressed with your efforts, Natasha..such a simple but thoughtful way you discovered to help your nation in distress :) Clapping for you!

  23. worried pakistani says:

    as a pakistani Im not allowed to criticise in this blog as comments will be deleted by
    moderator – like a fake democracy even this blog thing is fake ( window dressing )

  24. khurram says:

    Great job Natasha, your approach is very inovative & effective. I wish that more Pakistani’s would think like you and do something in some capacity for their country. Keep up the good work.

    I also agree with AK’s comments, furthermore it would be interesting to find out if any of our dear leaders (Zardari, Sharifs, Altaf, Asfandyar, Chaudarys of Gujrat….etc…..etc) have donated any thing at all from their own pocket. To be honest I wouldn’t think SO……I think the only thing that these parasites are good for is to get what ever they can out of this country rather than giving.

  25. Bushra Hassan says:

    Brilliant Natasha… way to go!

  26. syed makki shah says:

    I thought twitter and facebook were a waste of time. I hereby admit to all and sundry, I was wrong…Good for the young brother and many thanks for all the stars who took tweeted and urged their followers to help…

  27. Mohammad Syed says:

    Absolutely brilliant. Sometimes, it’s the simplest of ideas of reaching out like “Tweeting a celebrity” all that it takes to make thousand if not millions aware of what’s going on in the world. Well done.

  28. Imrana Rana says:

    well done Natasha, we are very proud of you,
    we need such youth to make our country progress
    now the youth should come together to help it rise again,,

  29. Ahmed Saeed says:

    We are thankful to all who has helped or helping Pakistan at this dire moment. But all Pakistanis would like that the same messages be sent to those sitting at the helm of the affairs to divide the aid justly and do not ask for the wrath of the nature any more.

  30. Zara says:

    I can’t begin to tell you all how lucky ms. jahangir has been in tweeting, because I have been doing the same. Luckily, I caught the attention of Angelina Jolie so far and it worked. :)
    Bless everyone who is helping the flood victims. We at PAF are doing our best as well. But we should not stop, it should carry on :) So proud to be a Pakistani.


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