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  1. #16 News on 25 September 2010 in relation to PAKISTAN 
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    LATEST NEWS IN RELATION TO THE FLOOD DISASTER IN PAKISTAN - 25.9.10


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11412051 / 25 September 2010 Last updated at 14:37 GMT

    UN SAYS PAKISTAN's SINDH STILL HIT BY FLOODS

    A UN agency says SEVERE FLOODING is CONTINUING in parts of PAKISTAN's SOUTHERN SINDH PROVINCE.

    The Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says many families are still marooned on small islands with their livestock.

    Despite the conditions, many displaced families across Pakistan are returning to their villages, OCHA says.

    MORE THAN 20 MILLION PEOPLE have been AFFECTED by the floods triggered by heavy monsoons which began in July.

    About 1.9 million houses have been destroyed or damaged.

    In its latest report, the OCHA says that as many people return to their villages, there are CONCERNS over whether they can be supplied with ENOUGH FOOD and AID before winter begins.

    There is also "increased concern" over the spread of MALARIA, with more than 163,000 suspected cases being reported in the past three weeks.

    The OCHA says RESCUE OPERATIONS are continuing in the JAMSHORO and DADU DISTRICTS of SINDH, where vast areas are still submerged.

    Aerial surveys show the monsoon floodwaters have created a large number of small islands, on which people are trapped with their livestock.

    The OCHA says FLOODWATERS further SOUTH IN THATTA DISTRICT are taking longer than expected to recede.

    Meanwhile in PUNJAB PROVINCE, more residents are returning, OCHA says, putting pressure on aid agencies to support them before winter sets in.

    On a positive note, the OCHA says the international response to its aid appeal for Pakistan has been "encouraging".

    It says 31% of the $2bn (£1.3bn) REQUIRED for PAKISTAN has now been PROVIDED.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11474762 / 5 October 2010 Last updated at 13:12 GMT

    DEC's PAKISTAN FLOOD APPEAL TOPS £60m

    The British public has now given £60m to help the victims of the Pakistan floods, the Disasters Emergency Committee has said.

    This is the highest amount raised by an appeal by the umbrella group of charities since the 2004 tsunami and this year's Haiti earthquake.

    DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley called the response "extraordinary".

    But he said the sheer scale of the disaster meant there was an "enormous amount of work" still to be done.


    The DEC said the vast scale of the emergency, limits on the capacity of the Pakistan government and a comparatively slow start in help from parts of the international community had meant that MANY OF 20 MILLION people AFFECTED STILL URGENTLY REQUIRED ASSISTANCE.

    Access to some areas also remained restricted by flood waters or damage to roads and bridges.


    MASSIVE RESPONSE

    Mr Gormley said: "We are hugely grateful to everyone who has shown their support. Donors to the DEC can be proud of the work they are helping to fund.

    "Our members had strong teams and partners in place before the flooding struck and have now mobilised a massive response.

    "The sheer scale of the flooding means that there is an enormous amount of work still to be done."


    The UN continues to report HUGE FUNDING SHORTFALLS in critical areas of its operations including FOOD, AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT and EMERGENCY SHELTER.

    It launched a second appeal for funds last month when the film star Angelina Jolie arrived in the country to highlight its plight.

    The DEC said EMERGENCY SHELTER remained an URGENT PRIORITY after 1.9 MILLION HOMES were DAMAGED OR DESTROYED by the floods.

    There had not been enough suitable tents available, despite the fact that Pakistan was the world's leading manufacturer.

    It will now be providing 155,000 people with tarpaulins and tents.

    Money was also being targeted to provide CLEAN WATER, TOILETS and HYGIENE SUPPORT for 550,000 PEOPLE and HEALTHCARE for 359,000 people, including assistance for malnourished children, pregnant woman and the elderly.

    Additionally FOOD, EMERGENCY SHELTER and HOUSEHOLD ITEMS such as pots and pans were also being provided.


    In all provinces except Sindh, the majority of the displaced have either returned to their home areas or are in the process of moving back.

    DIARRHOEA and MALARIA remain very serious concerns in PUNJAB and SINDH due to hot weather, standing water, and poor access to clean water and safe toilets.

    TOP DEC APPEALS

    • £390m - 2004 Tsunami
    • £101m - 2010 Haiti earthquake
    • £60.8m - 2010 Pakistan floods
    • £60.7m - 2005 Pakistan earthquake
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  4. #18 News in relation to PAKISTAN FLOODS on 24.11.10 
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    PAKISTAN FLOODS

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11826642
    24 November 2010 Last updated at 07:59 GMT

    Pakistani interior minister denies flood aid corruption

    Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has defended the way his country is distributing millions of dollars of flood relief.

    His comments follow allegations of corruption from flood affected people.


    The government has launched a huge compensation scheme under which people can withdraw cash aid from local banks using special electronic cards.

    Some people say they have been denied cards, while others say payments made have disappeared from their accounts.

    Under the compensation scheme, the government will eventually give more than 85,450 rupees ($1,000, £631) per household to 1.5 million families who have been directly affected by the disaster, reports the BBC's Jill McGivering.

    So far, some 38,000 cases of fraud are being investigated, our correspondent says.


    In an interview with the BBC, Mr Malik described the electronic card system being administered by the government as "foolproof".

    He said the problems with the scheme were due to the public's dishonesty, and not official corruption.

    However Mr Malik acknowledged instances of identity fraud and an illegal market in compensation cards.

    Recently, Pakistan announced mid-year measures to raise more than $700m (£435m) to support people affected by monsoon floods over the summer.

    A study of flood damage conducted by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have put total losses at about $9.7bn (£6bn).


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    28 October 2010 Last updated at 21:21 GMT

    DESPAIR OF PAKISTAN's FORGOTTEN FLOOD VICTIMS

    By Orla Guerin BBC News, Sindh

    Liaqat Babar, a farmer in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh, sees just one escape from the hunger, loss and torment inflicted by the recent catastrophic floods. Suicide.

    When I see my kids, I feel like killing myself," he says.

    "We are powerless. We just keep quiet and ask God for death."


    Three months after the flooding which affected 20 million people and one fifth of the country, Liaqat has no home, no hope and no answers for his six children.

    "They are crying for food, " he says.
    "I tell them God will send someone very kind, and I send them to sleep. In the morning they ask again for food, and I say again that God will send someone."

    Queuing in vain

    Liaqat was among a throng of broken men queuing for hours under a blistering sun, at a distribution of aid in the town of Daur.


    Like many other areas in Sindh, Daur is cut off by water - an island of desperation.

    Troops were deployed to control the hungry, who began gathering at six in the morning.

    With a single helicopter the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) could only bring in 250-300 rations. But three or four times that number had joined the queue.


    "It is heartbreaking," said WFP's Dorte Jessen, looking across at the swelling crowd.

    "The need is so big, and you want to help everyone."

    But they could not all be helped that day. Liaqat was among those who was left empty-handed.


    Soon there could be even less to go round. The WFP says it will have to cut rations - by half - in November because of a lack of donations.

    The UN's $2bn (£1.26) APPEAL FOR PAKISTAN IS LESS THAN 40% FUNDED.


    DYING FROM HUNGER

    There is already the spectre of malnutrition. It is always a problem in Sindh province and now it is rising dangerously, according to Dorte Jessen.

    "In the camps we have been tracking,
    the malnutrition rate is shockingly high," she says.

    "The rates were high before. Now they are alarmingly high."

    In a hospital in the city of Sukkur the BBC found some of hunger's young victims. The grimy airless paediatric ward was overcrowded.

    Some of the seriously-ill children were two to a bed, among them a six-month-old boy called Ali Nawaz.

    He was motionless and skeletal - his body shrunken by starvation. Ali Nawaz was also suffering from pneumonia - contracted from sleeping under an open sky.
    His grandmother Mai Sehat was keeping a vigil by his side.

    "We had no transport to take him anywhere," she said, through her tears.
    We are absolutely helpless due to poverty. We are in agony now, because of Ali Nawaz. I can't bear to look at him in this condition."

    As she spoke she stroked his tiny frame, calling out to God again and again to give long life to her only grandchild.

    Casualty of chaos

    Other flood victims have already buried their children. In a camp in the town of Shikarpur we found two grieving families.

    Basra Qurban lost her 18-month-old daughter Aasia during a chaotic food distribution. The little girl was knocked from her mother's arms and killed by her fall.

    "Her back was broken on the spot," Basra said.

    "When she was born we thought we would give her a good education and a good environment. That child was the most dear one."

    Since the food distribution that killed her daughter two weeks ago, Basra has received no help.

    "We are dying from hunger," she said. "Our only hope is in God."

    Her neighbours in the camp say that when they protested about Aasia's death, the authorities responded fast.

    "We had a sit-down protest and blocked the road," said Liaqat Hussain.

    "People from the government came and beat us with sticks and told us to get back to the camp."

    Like many others we met in our return visit to Sindh province, they told us they had received no help from the government.

    It has admitted to a slow start in responding to the crisis, but months later it is still struggling to cope.

    It is a short walk from the camp to the spot where Nimani Bakhsh buried her twin girls, Hanifa and Sharifa, in the shade of a large tree.

    They lived for just 12 days. Nimani says they died of hunger because she could not produce enough milk.

    "Please come back, my children," she said, weeping at the graveside.
    "You have gone to the other world my children, but please come back. Oh God, please bring them back."

    NEW THREATHS

    Aasia, Hanifa and Sharifa are among the flood's hidden victims - their passing almost unnoticed. The fear is that many more will be at risk in the months ahead.

    Aid agencies say many promises of help have receded with the flood waters. They warn that funds are drying up, as new threats are emerging.

    Diseases are spreading, and winter is closing in on the 20 million flood victims - seven million of whom still do not have shelter.


    We found some of them deep in the flood zone, in Dadu district. It took two hours to reach them, by boat. We travelled with the Pakistan army across farmland still buried beneath the water.

    A young mother called Parveen was cradling her baby son Mohammed Hussain in her arms and wondering how he would survive the falling temperatures.

    She and thousands of others are marooned on a network of embankments, hostage to the flood waters, and exposed to heat, cold and mosquitoes.

    "We are worried about the winter," she said. "We have no blankets and no warm clothes, and there is nothing to eat."
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  5. #19 News in relation to PAKISTAN on 4 December 2010 
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    Swedish SVT: UNITED NATIONS: 1 MILLION PAKISTANI ARE STILL IN NEED OF HELP after the floods 4 months ago when entire cities were washed away and agricultural land submerged / under water.
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  6. #20 World Human Rights Day: Debt Relief to Help Pakistan Flood Victims / situation in Pakistan from OXFAM rep. in Pakistan 
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    WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: DEBT RELIEF TO HELP PAKISTAN FLOOD VICTIMS
    posted by: Cynthia Liu

    Looking for a way to mark World Human Rights Day today?

    When a devastating flood--the result of fourteen straight days of heavy rain--earlier this summer killed approximately 1,500 people and displaced up to 20 million others, the U.S. immediately reached out with a $50 million aid package.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the scale of the disaster:

    In surveying the lives and landscape affected by this disaster, we see brothers and sisters; mothers and fathers; daughters and sons. We see 20 million members of the human family in desperate need of help. This is a defining moment – not only for Pakistan, but for all of us.

    Entire villages were washed away, as were fields full of crops. Take a look at the top 5 things that were underreported in the global press about the floods. At the time of the emergency, it was estimated that up to $460 million in aid was needed to keep people safe from waterborne bacterial diseases and help feed and clothe them. Yet emergency relief coordinators noted that only a third of what was needed had been pledged by countries around the world.


    Today, on World Human Rights Day, you can support ongoing relief efforts to provide medical care and help to rebuild Pakistan's roads, towns and farms. While direct aid is urgently needed, you can also sign the petition to have Pakistan's debt frozen by the International Monetary Fund for two years while the country focuses on recovering from the floods.

    Sign now! It's inhumane to expect an already poor nation to repay international debt in the midst of a vast natural disaster.

    ------

    I work for the aid agency Oxfam in Pakistan, helping with the response to the recent catastrophic floods in my country this year. I want to say thank you for signing ONE’s petition calling for Pakistan’s debts to be frozen and tell you why this was important.

    The floods were unprecedented, having an even WORSE IMPACT THAN THE 2004 INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI: covering one fifth of the entire country, and affecting over 20 million people, the majority of whom are in poor rural communities, already living below the poverty line.

    Through my work I have witnessed first-hand the devastating impact the catastrophe has had on so many. Initially this involved helping communities to access clean water, food, medicines and shelter, but we will be working hard for months and probably years to come to help flood-hit people fully recover.

    While Pakistan is in desperate need of resources, it is being pushed by lenders to continue paying its foreign debt, ignoring the urgent needs of millions of people in distress. Pakistani civil society has been constantly urging lender governments and international institutions to provide much needed debt relief to Pakistan, so that it is able to help the millions of people desperately in need.

    This is where your voice has helped achieve an important step. We presented the joint petition signed by over 200,000 people at a vital meeting of the countries who are responding to the crisis. It sent a clear message that they should ensure Pakistan has as much of its own resources as possible to spend on the long term rebuilding work to help those affected.


    This call for action has helped to get the issue firmly on the international agenda – a vital start.

    What’s needed next is for the Pakistan Government to make it clear that resources freed up through debt relief will directly benefit those affected by the disaster, and donor countries to insist this happens as part of any support they give. Oxfam and local organisations will be campaigning strongly on this in Pakistan and joining with organisations like ONE to keep pressuring governments around the world.

    Thank you again for your support.

    Abdul Khaliq Shah
    Policy & Advocacy Officer
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    News in relation to natural disasters on 27.12.10

    27.12.10: UN ORGANIZATION WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP) STOPS DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD IN BAJAUR in north-western Pakistan where a female suicide bomber killed 40 (including herself) on 25.12.10.

    More than 300,000 people who are dependent on food aid are affected by this decision.

    WFP: Food distribution will not be resumed until the security situation has been reviewed.
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  8. #22 News on 18.1.11 in relation to PAKISTAN 
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    News on 18 January 2011 in relation to PAKISTAN


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    POWERFUL MAGNITUDE 7.2 EARTHQUAKE HIT SOUTH-WESTERN PAKISTAN

    South-western Pakistan has been struck by a powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake (initially stated to be a magnitude 7.4 earthquake) according to US Geological Survey.

    The epicentre of the quake was at 10km depth. The quake struck at 1:23 local time about 50km west of the town DALBANDIN close to the Afghanistan border. The area is sparsely populated and known for its seismic activity.

    No reports of casualties or material damage. And no tsunami was triggered.

    According to media reports, the earthquake could be felt in several provinces and also in INDIA's capital, New Delhi.

    In 2005, more than 73,000 died when a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit the north-western Pakistan and Kashmir.
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  9. #23 NEWS ON 21 JANUARY 2010 IN RELATION TO PAKISTAN 
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    NEWS ON 21 JANUARY 2010 IN RELATION TO PAKISTAN

    Swedish SVT: MORE THAN 4 MILLION HOMELESS PAKISTANI 6 MONTHS AFTER THE GREAT FLOOD ACCORDING TO RED CROSS

    Families are leaving the temporary camps and returning home only to find out that there is NOTHING to return to. This leads to a new wave of displacement according to Red Cross.

    The floods in July and August hit 21 million people and destroyed millions of homes and vast areas of agricultural land.
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  10. #24 Six Month Anniversary of Pakistan Floods Sees “A Crisis of Epic Proportions” 
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    Six Month Anniversary of Pakistan Floods Sees “A Crisis of Epic Proportions”

    posted by: Suzi Parras (from care2causes)

    Six months after the worst monsoon floods in 80 years wreaked havoc on Pakistan, killing more than 1,700 people and affecting up to 20 million others, “we are seeing a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” according to Kristen Elsby, UNICEF’s chief of communications in Pakistan.

    The flooding started on July 28, 2010 in the mountainous north and quickly raged south over the next month, following the path of the Indus River. It submerged one-fifth of the country, left more than 7 million people homeless, and damaged 5.4 million acres of arable land. Some of that farmland is still under water, raising concerns about next summer’s harvest.

    Oxfam, too, believes the crisis is far from over, and could get worse. As Neva Khan, head of Oxfam’s Pakistan office said during a press conference in Islamabad, “the aid community has done a tremendous amount, but given the immense scale of this disaster, we have only scratched the surface of human need.”

    Today, in the flood-ravaged areas of the south, malnutrition rates rival those of sub-Saharan Africa. “I haven’t seen malnutrition this bad since the worst of the famine in Ethiopia, Darfur and Chad,” Karen Allen, deputy head of UNICEF in Pakistan said in a statement.

    The United Nations says hundreds of thousands of Pakistani children -- particularly in the southeastern SINDH province, the area hardest hit -- are suffering from acute malnutrition, almost a quarter of the children in the region.

    Shelter is a grave concern, 1.7 million homes were destroyed by the floodwaters, 900,000 of them in Sindh alone.


    There’s been small progress. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about 166,00 people currently live in 240 camps and roadside settlements, down from 3.3 million in October.

    The U.N. appealed for approximately $2 billion in aid last September but has only received 56% of it to date. According to the BBC, Pakistan's government is scheduled to halt most emergency relief efforts this month, but Oxfam is calling on the government to extend its deadline.

    As the Guardian points out: “Before the floods the western aid effort in Pakistan focused on the north-west, where an earthquake struck in 2005 and military operations against the Taliban have displaced millions.

    After the floods, aid workers admit to being caught offguard by the problem in Sindh. "It was a real wake-up call," said one.”

    The U.N. claims almost 10 million people have received essential medical assistance, and about 7 million are receiving monthly food rations. In addition, an estimated 3.5 million people have access to safe drinking water.

    But longer-term recovery will require continuing these services as well as reopening schools and reviving agriculture.
    “We are helping farmers in recovering their land by providing them with seeds, fertilizers and tools to accelerate the rehabilitation process. At the same time the humanitarian community will continue to provide food aid as long as it is needed,” Rauf Engin Soysal, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Assistance to Pakistan said in a statement. Humanitarian aid agencies are working in concert to alleviate the crisis.

    The World Food Programme has been providing support to more than 5 million Pakistanis, according to WFP official Carl Paulsson. He says his organization has enough funding to continue through February, but would then experience shortages unless it received more support.

    Save the Children has reached more than 2.6 million flood-affected people through emergency medical care, distribution of shelter materials, food, child protection, education, and livelihoods support.

    “It’s going to be a long haul. Twenty million people is more than the population of about 180 countries in the world, more people affected than Haiti, the [2004 Asian] tsunami, and the [2005] Kashmir earthquake combined,” says Allison Zelkowitz, Deputy Team Leader for Programming for Save the Children’s Emergency Response Program in Pakistan. “It’s really a vast number of people in a very economically challenged country, so it’s going to take a couple of years to really recover to where they were before.”

    Top 5 Shocking Facts About The Pakistan Floods

    posted by: Beth Buczynski 153 days ago (i.e. from the beginning of September 2010)

    Devastating floods have been ravaging Pakistan for over a month, but despite widespread suffering, the media coverage of this disaster has been casual at best.

    Nearly 20 million Pakistanis have been displaced from their homes and put at risk for water born disease, yet the American media seems to have marginalized the issue, impeding the flow of supplies and donations needed to provide aid.

    Some believe that "the West and Europe have adopted Islamaphobia, which obviously has clouded humanitarian concerns" (Huffington Post).

    You don't have to be a political analyst to see that more social and political unrest isn't what this region needs. People are suffering, and as fellow humans and activists, it is our duty to do what we can.

    Here are 5 things you may not have known about the Pakistan floods. Become informed, and then take action!

    1. The United Nations has rated the floods in Pakistan as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history. Already, more people have been affected in Pakistan than the 2004 South-East Asian tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Kasmir and Haiti combined.

    2. The Pakistan flood may be linked to the fires in Russia. Although the unfolding disasters seem far apart, they are actually being driven by the same meta weather system, according to a report from National Geographic. Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the Boulder, Colorado-based National Center for Atmospheric Research, told the organization, "That's because the monsoon – a seasonal wind system that brings rain and floods to Pakistan and much of the rest of Asia in summer – also drives the circulation of air as far away as Europe."

    3. Only a fraction of the people needing aid have been contacted by emergency crews. In the 10 days following the initial flood waves, the government managed to distribute only 10,000 food packs, which contained a box of dried milk, and a few bottles of water and Pepsi. These packages were meant to "feed" 80,000 people, leaving 1,720,000 without any type of aid.

    4. The Pakistan flood may be linked to global warming. In an unprecedented move, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has come forward to formally blamed the flooding in Pakistan on "global warming," angering some denialists (CNSNews.com). "Indeed, the Islamic world is paying a heavy price resulting from the negative repercussions of climate change," said OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at an emergency meeting in Saudi Arabia.

    5. The destruction is enormous, and preys on the weak. Reports indicate 62,000 square miles of land have been affected -- about one-fifth of the entire country. Of the 15 million people seriously affected, about 50 percent are children.
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    The Pakistan Floods Through the Eyes of a Ten Year Old Girl

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    NAILA is ten years old. She lives in a village called Mirpur Buriro in the Sindh province of Pakistan – one of the areas hardest hit by last summer’s devastating floods. Naila escaped the flooding with her parents, three brothers and five sisters, but her home and her village were destroyed. The family fled to Hyderabad, staying briefly with her sister’s family before settling in a camp. Today Naila and her family are back in Mirpur Buriro, trying to piece together their lives.
    According to the Pakistani government, 20 million people have been affected by the floods, including 9 million children.

    “Many children still struggle in the aftermath of the flood,” says David Wright, Save the Children’s Pakistan country director. “Many have nightmares and they have not come to terms with the disaster. They do not have proper clothes they have lost their toys, and their schools remain closed.”

    Save the Children recently led a psychological assessment of 120 children ages 5 to 15 in order to gauge the impact the disaster is having on the youngest victims. Perhaps not surprisingly, fear of water, people and darkness, insecurity, and aggression all top the list.

    Now, as families are so desperately trying to restore their lives, support mechanisms are ever more critical to helping them move forward.

    SAVE THE CHILDREN and other organizations have set up hundreds of “Child Friendly Spaces” across the flood-damaged areas -- centers specifically designed to provide a sense of normalcy and security. The centers offer crucial life and skills-building activities, a safe haven for children traumatized by what they are living through. Activities include art therapy, reading, group counseling, and playtime.

    Workers at Save the Children met Naila at a Child Friendly Space in her village and she told them her story. Imagine what life must be like for this ten year old – and thousands, if not millions just like her -- as you read what she has to say:


    "I had faced the worst days of my life after the floods started. When I heard about the floods, the first thing came in to my mind was that, oh God! We are all going to die tomorrow.

    We shifted to the city of Hyderabad, to my sister’s house, as she is married there and lives there with her husband. But she has small home and our family is very large so we could not live there for long. We shifted to a relief camp near to her house. Those were the worst days I have ever spent in my life.

    We lost most of the things in the flood water, as we could not take our belongings with us to Hyderabad and when we came back, everything was either washed away or ruined by the water and mud. In our village, the water was higher than me.

    I have experienced the life in the camp and know how people live in the camps. When I was living in the camp in Hyderabad, the behavior of people was very bad; they used to tease the poor people and women, I did not like the environment of that camp, it really annoyed me. I used to get scared and cried a lot.

    When Naila returned to Mirpur Buriro she started going to the local Child Friendly Space as well as a Temporary Learning Center with her brothers and sisters.
    I like coming here, I enjoy being here, sometimes I want to study and play for the whole day. I really enjoy the games we play and the books we read.

    Now I feel good that I can go to school and resume back my studies. I have a place to play and I feel very happy, I have almost forgotten the bad memories of flood I used to carry in my head.

    The thing I like the most in this Child Friendly Space is that we can continue our education and we can play together. And I like the teacher there, she loves me a lot."


    Naila is lucky she was able to escape the floods with her family intact. Many children were not so lucky, separated from their parents when the disaster struck and yet to be reunited. These young flood victims are at risk of exploitation and abuse, and the longer schools remain closed, the more critical the situation becomes.

    Child Friendly Spaces play an especially vital role in ensuring, as much as they possibly can, that these children have a secure place to turn to, with the hope, as Wright says, of transforming the disaster into “a catalyst for change by helping children become safer, healthier, happier, and more educated than they were before.”
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    @ bogert: Thanks for your post, bogert. I know that the flooding has affected many millions, but Pakistan is somehow not in the news anymore so many people might think that everything is alright there now. So much better that you inform us of the fact that this is indeed not the case.

    Consequently, I'll repeat your appeal, Bogert:


    Still millions of people are victims of flood. Donate as much as you can for these victims.

    Oxfam, Red Cross and Unicef + Médécins sans Frontières are reliable organizations so I am sure that you are safe that your money will end up in the right place if you donate via these organizations. Go to post 1 of this thread where you can find info on how to donate via these organizations.
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