Pakistan’s Great Flood: Lest We Forget

Posted on October 30, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Disasters, Environment, Pakistanis Abroad
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The flood waters may have receded from media headlines and also from many of the affected areas, but it will be a long while before the impacts of the Great Flood recede from the lives of those who were devastated by it. Lest we forget, here are two pictures, both taken today: Saturday, October 30, 2010, in Jacobabad, Sindh.

Much more ‘juicy’ news may be attracting our attentions, but the needs today as as great as before. and in some ways are even greater as those whose lives were devastated try to rebuild those lives – one brick, one wall, one sapling, one bag of seeds at a time. As the 20 million Pakistanis affected return to their homes, they fight disease, dismay and a total disarray of what used to be their lives. Seeds have to be planted so that the next year is also not a washout. Houses have to be rebuilt. Trauma has to be tackled. Children have to be sent back to schools. The schools themselves have to be rebuilt.

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The world had not really paid much attention as the devastation unfolded. It is paying even less attention today. All the more reason that those who are paying attention be thanked and supported. There are important lessons to be learnt and even more important actions to be taken. To those of our friends abroad whose humanity has been moved enough for them to join in this time of need, we must express our gratitude. But let us never forget that the greatest responsibility lies with us ourselves. After all, ghar tou aakhir appna hai:

19 responses to “Pakistan’s Great Flood: Lest We Forget”

  1. Naan Haleem says:

    @ Kazmi

    No place is corrupt. Its people rather their thoughts which are corrupt. ;-)

    My friend doesn’t have to defend herself as she is a researcher and in that capacity its very hard for her to fulfil your dreams.

  2. Pak Lawyer says:

    There is actually a judicial commission that has been set up to investigate the handling of the floods.

  3. The Tsunami and Haiti Earthquake were front page news in international newspapers for days whereas these floods did not even make the side column. Why?

  4. Talat says:

    You make a good point that in the case of floods, the needs are actually greatest now because this is when people have to rebuild.

  5. Kazmi says:

    @Naan Haleem

    I guess you have friends in corrupt places. What did your ‘friend’ have to say in defense of his own corruption?

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