The Mission of The Brooke Hospital

13th June 2010
I was borne in Egypt and lived in it for thirty years, yet never interacted with The Brooke’s charity work except few months ago!
Brooke’s efforts to help working animals are known to only Egyptians who are truly equine lovers. Yet the rest of the population wouldn’t care to know Brooke’s mission because Egypt’s economic conditions oblige us all to give full support to human charities. It’s been shockingly reported that %42 of Egyptians earn less than $1 per day!
Yet The Brooke not only helps working horses and donkeys and mules, it also helps their owners who count on these animals in their daily strives to win their bread.
Whether you’ve been to Egypt or watched footage on news channels or documentaries, you’ll always see carts pulled by horses or donkeys roaming the streets of Cairo side-by-side with cars, trucks and buses.
These animals sustain accident wounds on a daily basis and the treatment is very pricey that cannot be afforded by the working class.

However I couldn’t comprehend why a person would beat a donkey or a horse mercilessly over and over until Mr. Ahmed Sharkawy Brooke’ Hospital PR said: “when we asked a little boy why he beats a donkey, he said: “Tell my boss to stop beating me and then I will stop beating the donkey”. It is then that the image has become crystal clear to me: abuse towards vulnerable creatures always finds its roots in common land.

Giza plateau did not draw a different picture by any means.

I can still see poverty and ignorance forming the perfect twin and together corroding the foundation of civilization and humanity - or whatever left of it. Horses are dehydrated, skinny, with wounds and bruises covering their bodies not to mention skin disease.

Handlers in their early teens and men as old as my grandfather are hunting customers to ride their malnourished horses. And the rule is: Money talks! The horses are only means of bringing money, food, shelter, clothing and a bank account that forms a warm blanket to shield people against the coldness of old age and senility.

Hence when a horse proves to be no longer of use, its body is left in the desert to rot and becomes a carcass for the wild dogs in the area to feed on; what a feast!

The Brooke takes on its shoulders enlightening horse owners about the proper ways to maintain a horse’s welfare.
Even The Brooke has beseeches religious figures, Muslims and Christians, to address animal welfare issues in Churches and Mosques – especially in the Jum’aa/ Friday sermon. Being in Egypt for more than 75 years, The Brooke KNOWS that only Religion can speed the enlightening process. Mr. Ahmed Sharkawy told me that when the veterinarians use the religious approach when advising an owner not to abuse an animal, the response is always positive and instant.

I accompanied Brooke’s mobile clinic to Gamal Abdul Nasser Street, one of the notorious streets in Haram area.

There I have seen horses sustaining all different types of wounds that one can find in a veterinary book: poked eyes, laminitis, saddle wounds on the back, bridle and bit wounds, ulcers on the croup and pelvis bones…etc
After The Brooke mobile clinic attends to the wounded horses, the veterinarian in charge gives an educational panel to the horses’ owners and presents the safest gear to use, the proper amount of food and water that a horse or a donkey needs per day, and the techniques of emergency first-aids.

May The Brooke continue its mission and always find more supporters worldwide.


Photo comment By Nkumar kumar sharma: sir i join thebrookeindia hosptal for the post vetneary helper thanks

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