Pakistani society


For countless people and for countless years, Bilquis Bano Edhi had been a mother, especially for the orphans at the Edhi Foundation orphanage that she established with her late husband, the humanitarian and philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. On April 15, 2022, all these people and many more who worked or were supported by the Edhi Foundation, lost that mother, whom they all called ‘Bari Amma’. Courtesy: Edhi.org At 74, Bilquis Edhi passed away at a hospital in Karachi, five years after her husband, whom she worked alongside to provide all…

Bilqees Edhi was a mother countless children looked up to as their own. I met this dynamic lady at her orphanage in 2008, and talked to her about motherhood, the motherless and her own mother. Here is my report of the visit and my impressions of this selfless woman and the beautiful children who got a second lease on life thanks to her.