Lest We Forget

From TIME

The world’s attention has long since moved on from the Pakistani flood story, but there are still more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Sindh alone, said U.N. humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos last Friday after touring the flood zone. Jackie Dent, a World Food Program spokesperson, said that although isolated outlying villages are becoming “few and far between as waters recede and access improves” more are still being found. Last week, at Jamshoro near Lake Manchar, not too far from Haji Jan Mohammad, “WFP in cooperation with a local NGO and the Pakistani Air Force located 11 cut-off villages with an estimated 1,700 families,” Dent said, “around 11,900 people.” …

In Haji Jan Mohammad, the scale of destruction is awesome. The detritus of the villagers’ lives is stuck in the dried mud; a toddler’s pink plastic slipper, a navy blue sleeve, a broken teacup, a smashed creme plastic chair. The entire village of more than 60 families now lives on a small elevated mound, divided into male and female halves. Their fields have been turned into lakes, and two hired boats are their only lifelines to the nearest village, a 30-minute ride away. Many of the people said they wanted concrete homes instead of their traditional mud-brick, given that only a handful survived unscathed. “We just feel forgotten,” says Mohammad Ismail. “Nobody comes here. Can you help us?”

Four Months Later, Flood Devastation Persists in Pakistan – TIME

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