Saturday, December 24, 2005

Paolo Valerio Mantellini, M.D., Ph.D.

As a Tuberculosis Specialist I've had the chance to travel a lot.
Having reached the top of my career in Italy I decided to work for several years in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, running a Tuberculosis  Control Program for Afghan Refugees and the local population.  NWFP is an arid mountainous area four times the size of Switzerland with a population of 20 million people and more than two million Afghan Refugees.

I am married to Mary Harte, my best friend, she is also a Doctor, a Specialist in Tropical Medicine and International Health.  She has been with me everywhere and she worked voluntarily in Pakistan for Afghan Widows and their children and the local poor for many years.

The world we found there is quite different from anything  we are used to in the West.
I found poverty and riches, friendship and caring in this wonderful new world.  I hope my photos give an inkling of insight into how much I loved Pakistan.

I would like to share my experiences and my photos with you, they can be seen by clicking "My Pakistan Photogallery" Link.
I have also published a litte Dictionary Italian Arabic and Arabic Italian (more than 2000 words), as I'm now studying Arabic