Hundreds and hundreds of people have died and around four million have been displaced from their homes and families. It is easy for me to write the figures here and it’s easy for you to read it but to those who have faced the loss; it’s a lot more than mere calculation. Those people have no where to go. They are sleeping, defecating and living on the roads. Waterborne diseases have erupted in all those areas at an enormous scale. They are dependent on others for even a single course of their meal. They are dependent on others to help them keep their bodies covered. They are dependent on others to live. And these material and physical losses aren’t the only losses; one can not even envision how crippled those kids have turned mentally, how wrecked do those farmers feel on seeing their life-earned lands die at the hands of the ferocious water, how incomplete do those mothers feel without their kids who have been swept away by the floods.
Living a modern life in a city I can not even imagine to reach close to their thoughts at the moment. The people of Makli (a small place in interior Sindh) preferred to spend days in the graveyard of the area but rejected to migrate to the cities. Many others opted to sit by their drowned huts and fields instead of accepting the city’s aid and moving to some place safer. What constitutes to such a frame of mind? Some form of fear of an uncertain future? Some kind of distrust? Some form of numbness of the senses? What?
What marveled me was the kind of responses I read on International forums. Initially the world was reluctant to give aid for the flood victims. Why? Because they did not trust Zardari (Pakistan’s president) and the government to utilize the aid for the right cause. I read people justifying the lack of aid we received. To me there’s no justification. One man’s sins and corruptions can not be reasons enough to let millions of people die (displaced) at the hands of the nature. It’s not a poor villager’s fault if his President is a sheer cheat and fraudulent and cons just about everyone for his greed of money. A poor anywhere in the world is just a poor individual, he is not and can not be associated with the corruption housing in the laps of the bureaucracy. Thus he deserves any and all aid for the sake of humanity.
It took time but now we have been receiving a good response from the International community. And for once I feel proud of being a human and for realizing there are humans still alive in the world that keeps giving an impression of being brimmed with Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists etc etc etc.
International community aside, the entire Pakistani nation united to help our brothers survive this time and get back on their feet. The youth got out on the roads to gather donations for the relief of the flood victims, all political parties set up relief camps everywhere. Everyone wants to play a part in this time of test. Everyone is still working. And we will work till we help our fellow countrymen get back to a normal life. This may take months and years, but we will stay persistent.
P.S- We are about to start a rehabilitation exercise for those kids who have been displaced. Any and all ideas are welcome. =)