Camel have been part and parcel of my life. Seeing camel caravans, moving Afghan nomads and salts traders made a strong picture of camel on my mind. A decade earlier a severe arthritis (Rheumatoid Arthritis) almost killed me and I was unable to move from the bed. An old wise man advised me to move to camel breeding area and take fresh camel milk regularly. I started my new life while obeying the advice and reached the Suleiman Mountainous Region of Balochistan (the camel heartland). I lived with the camel people, enjoyed their company, learnt a lot about camels and took camel milk regularly. I established a view point that camel milk is natural pharmacy not just white fluid milk. I recovered soon and in a short time and started climbing mountains.
I forgot the pain of my joints and started feeling very energetic and happy person in a short period. I returned to normal life and decided to further explore camel and its unique products, especially the milk. I joined university and completed my PhD (2009) work on camel milk production ability and pattern of lactation of the mobile camel herds. Documenting the lactation curve of the mobile camel herd was the first of its kind study in camel world. I knew by the results of my research that camel is really an amazing animal and produce precious milk in the hottest and harshest period of time where other animals can hardly survive. A dent in the lactation curve can hardly been notice even in the hottest and feed shortage period of the year. Along with the beauty of camel milk and other products, I found the camel pastoralists very loving, caring and hospitable people. I felt at home while roaming with them in the country side away from my family. I felt myself so close the nature and natural people. I am once again thankful to my camel pastoralists, those who always offered me warm hospitality and support in situation where I was almost broken.
I started great feelings about camel and thinking about its worth as natural healer in all aspects. Even living close to camel give me a sense of care and protection. As a sadness on the other hand, I felt in the society that the policy makers and people in the cities are unaware about the true worth of camel. I felt that information and awareness about camel is very scarce. I approached my friends and colleagues and suggested the concept of world camel day. Ultimately we agreed on a world camel day at the eve of the hottest period of time of the year. A camel day on 22 June was declared as world camel day. We are celebrating this days since last 3 years. This year I decided to write my story and ask other colleagues to share their stories with the camel. Again world camel day is approaching but this time it is in the month of Ramadan. I am also away from my country and my beloved camel people. I appeal you all to spread awareness on camel that day and tell the world about the importance of the camel. Such awareness will be a great way of celebration camel day.I am looking forward to have the stories of the other colleagues soon before the world camel day. I shall publish it on my blog page.
Below is the link regarding world camel days.
I need your camel kindness and support
The world terminology in Wikipedia is written as;
Terminology is the study of terms and their use. Terms are words and compound words or multi-word expressions that in specific contexts are given specific meanings.
The camel terminology is mainly derived from cow. It is food for thought to re-establish terminology for camel, management and production etc. As the camel was domesticated, evolved and managed for centuries in Arabian Peninsula, the best terminology will be the one use in that region. I hereby give some names which I learnt here in the region and some are found in literature. I’m lucky living in the specific area (Hilli Alqatara in Alain) where camel was domesticated.
Camel is not cow… the best word for milking camel is “NAQA’
Camel male kid is not a calf but ……. .it is Gaood
Camel Female calf…………………………………………………..Bakra
Camel male is not bull but………………………………………...Baeer
I am really looking forward for discussion, criticism, fortification, addition to this precious topic.