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Century's Biggest Catastrophe

What future holds for these kids, only time will tell

Recently, areas of Pakistan were hit by a massive flood which is said to be the biggest of the century. This piece is about what I saw, heard and learnt during the catastrophe.

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. =)

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By Barkha Dhar on September 03, 2010 at 03:04 pm

Humanity is greater than any religion or man made doctrines. This is the significant thought you so wonderfully have illuminated in this piece. I admire your empathy for the victims and pray that affected families are able to restore their emotional and social health.

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By Theresa H Hall on September 03, 2010 at 06:21 pm

Loved this article.

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By SZU on September 04, 2010 at 06:53 am

Cher- Thankyou for your words and reassurance :)

Barkha-Thankyou for the admiration. Please keep praying for the well-being of the victims.

Melody- I agree. It is sad there are some minds existing in the world who master the art of manipulating humans everywhere. I wish all of us learn to fight that manipulation and move on for the sake of peace and goodwill.

Theresa- Thankyou :) I have posted it on Bloggersunite.

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By SZU on September 04, 2010 at 10:13 am


There are corrupts everywhere in teh world who like to cash on such "disasterous opportunities". But they do not represent the masses. All the NGO's, students and genuine people are really working hard to help the victims.

Thankyou for the feedback :)

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By Credo on September 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Very sad to lose house, home , and loved ones by a flood, it's a devastating experience I wouldn't want to undergo. On top of everything else having a corrupt president shouldn't have prevented the aid from reaching those who need it the most. We live in a corrupt world.... :)Credo

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