TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, was born in Pakistan, and feels an enduring tie to the country — which has recently experienced the worst floods in living memory, killing thousands and displacing tens of millions of people. Chris and his wife, Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, traveled the country, visiting camps and flooded cities — and gathering personal stories from this massive disaster (read them on Chris’ personal blog).
As Chris writes this evening:
When Jacqueline Novogratz and I returned last week from our visit to Pakistan’s flood-hit areas, we couldn’t get out of our heads the faces of the people we’d seen — in equal measures beautiful… haunting… hopeless… hopeful… These faces are the best possible answer to the insane indifference so much of the world has shown in response to this crisis, which by any objective measure is one of the worst this century.
We wanted to spread the word about what we’d seen, so we wrote to one of our heroes Peter Gabriel and he generously agreed to let us use an unforgettable song of his as the soundtrack to a video that will show you the people we met.