Children of Pakistani Floods

Posted on August 20, 2010
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Disasters, Environment, Photo of the Day
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Owais Mughal

The current flood disaster of Pakistan has been so great that all superlatives of language have already been used. Therefore I am choosing the photo medium here as it may be better than writing thousand more words. As with other natural disasters, flood affected children in Pakistan are especially vulnerable and need our attention.
Nowshera, Pakistan.

Sharing food in a flood relief camp.

Transporting flood affectees to the camps.

Following photo is from Chakra Goth which is a camp for flood affectees outside Karachi. It was published in today’s Jang newspaper.

In an earlier post here Adil Najam and our readers have mentioned several good ways of helping the flood victims of Pakistan. I want to add to the list – as they especially work for child welfare besides general humanitarian work.

17 Comments on “Children of Pakistani Floods”

  1. Yahya says:
    August 20th, 2010 7:44 am

    I remember a post at this blog during the IDP crisis which argued that the children in the camps will define the future of the country. I think even more than that these children will. For millions of children who will grow up to be young men and women, this will be the defining memory of their lives and that memory will be defined by how the rest of us treat them.

  2. ASAD says:
    August 20th, 2010 8:33 am

    Good comment Yahya. Yes, these children are our future. Let us not loose them to the extremists.

  3. Rehan says:
    August 20th, 2010 8:40 am

    Let’s say:

    No of people affected by floods: 20 million
    Birth rate in rural Pakistan: 3% per year
    Average duration of devastating affect of flood: 1 month
    No of babies born while family struggling with disaster: 50,000
    No of children under 2 years: 1,200,000

    How would you manage, save and feed your family if your area was flooded?

  4. August 20th, 2010 9:49 am

    Owais, can you or Adil bhai write your thoughts about this:

  5. Vinnie says:
    August 20th, 2010 11:40 am

    Children of Pakistani Floods, A motivating post.

    A very critical time for Pakistan and for the children. We need to share their sorrows and try to lessen the miseries by helping them.

  6. ZAFAR says:
    August 20th, 2010 3:02 pm

    I think as we do whatever we can for relief, children should be a special priority, also for disease reasons.

  7. Azra says:
    August 20th, 2010 7:56 pm

    Godo point raised here. It is not just health that is an immediate need but also the schools destroyed. Things were already bad and will now become worse for education.

  8. Ehtisham says:
    August 20th, 2010 10:43 pm

    Another important topic. I just do not know how we will cope with this.

  9. Nihari says:
    August 20th, 2010 11:55 pm
  10. Nihari says:
    August 21st, 2010 12:00 am

    If children are future of Pakistan, why were those teenagers in Siakot brutually beaten and murdered and their corpses were hanged upside down in broad daylight. One of the themwas a hafiz…and this was done in presence of police. The same police that was glorified in this blog.

    If this was the Talibans, we can see columns after columns describing their burtality but the truth is we as a society have become total crackpots. Perhaps the flood is natural way of ethinic cleasing.

  11. Ben says:
    August 22nd, 2010 12:15 am

    These floods are much more than death and destruction. If we have to survive, the plundered wealth will have to be coughed up. Read more at:

  12. Harshad says:
    August 22nd, 2010 5:02 am

    Very touching.

    May God be with people of Pakistan in these difficult time.

    My prayers are with them.

  13. Shahid says:
    August 23rd, 2010 6:30 am

    Calamity of unimaginable proportion.
    May all humanity get united to help the poor masses.
    The sympathy of all the people of the world is with the poor helpless and hapless victims.
    May God help Pakistani people

  14. Watan Aziz says:
    August 23rd, 2010 8:39 am

    Ever since the image itself was named “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the magazine, every photographer in the world has been trying to capture the next big moment.

    The 1984 “Afghan Girl” was photographed by National Geographic’s Steve McCurry at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan. We all know the image, it is the young girl, looking at camera with both apprehension and a question. It has been suggested, that the image brought back National Geographic from the brink of bankruptcy and oblivion.

    And then we have standards of our very own, F. E. “Chacha” Chaudhry, covered extensively at ATP. When you look at the images of Chacha, there are no props, not staged photography. He simply blends into the story and weaves an image out of it. There is not “making” of a story; no debasement of the persons in the story. Just a moment in time, captured to tell it all.

    Sadly, we do not have photo “journalists” who follow the footsteps of F. E. Chaudhry. Nor keep his tradition of covering a news worthy event and not debase the subject.

    Combine this with the desire of capturing the next “Afghan Girl” moment, you have a repulsive trend. A trend that must be called out for it’s lack of dignity; lack of conscious; lack of decency.

    I abhor at this gutter photo journalism. It is repulsive to stage a child in the worst possible ways, to create a story out of another story.

    I have now quoted enough times, “Morally a parent cannot give a photographer permission to take a photograph that degrades their child”. Source: adevelopingstory dot org

    The BBC guidelines read as follows:

    We must ensure that the physical and emotional welfare and the dignity of people under the age of eighteen, and in particular children under fifteen, are protected during the making and broadcast of programmes and online content, irrespective of any consent given by them or by a parent, guardian or other person in loco parentis.

    ATP, we must resist the urge to get into images that are taken at the expense of children; poor children. This kind of photo journalism will not happen in Boston, Chicago, Princeton or Berkley. The reporter would simply lose his credentials.

    BTW, I find nothing wrong in #1. It tells a story. But #2, 3 and 4 are staged. Children used as props. I reject them.

    The standard of common sense is very simple, if you do not want your son in that picture; you do not want someone else’s son in the same picture.

    Let us protect our children, our future.

    Let us respect our children, our own people, so that others may learn to respect us.

  15. KHAN says:
    August 23rd, 2010 10:10 pm

    These kids are our future. They will grow up survivors.

  16. October 6th, 2010 3:16 pm

    We should contribute to provide some relief to these flood affected peoples because if we don’t care or don’t think for our Pakistani, we should never expect from others. It’s very important that we take responsibility to provide some aid with our possible activities. If we have nothing to contribute but we can promote others to help them.

  17. December 18th, 2010 6:28 pm

    people of pakistan are brave and daring,they face every misfotune with patience,people share everyones grief and sorrow,congratulation to pakistanis who contributed towards recent flood relief fund and toward effecties, nothing is better than helping mankind in distress, keep helping those who need your help,help everyone everyday
    regards naseem ahmed khan karachi/pakistan

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