“Wake up, the Water is Still Running”

by Aanya F Niaz

From the North Western area of Pakistan, meandering its way down to the South of Punjab on the Eastern border of the country, water continues to rob lives, infrastructure, livelihoods and stability. The New York Times article on “2010 Pakistan Floods”* aptly describes the reality as grim and improving at a painstakingly gradual pace.

What needs to be known is that 2 million lives were effected. These people still do not have a roof over their heads, a cow to sell milk off of, clothing to keep themselves covered, roads to make their way on, rights to speak against the Government and no access to food. The tragedy that struck these millions of lives in July 2010 does not sleep, and we must stay awake as well.

International and national relief efforts have slowed down, as Pakistan’s War against Terror and internal terrorist incidents are gaining precedence. With stories such as that of Mr. Raymond Davis, the Government’s focus has shifted from flood relief efforts to that of managing US C.I.A involvements in Pakistan. To add to that, of course, is the Afghani demand of Pakistani’s parting themselves from the fight against terror.

We must stay awake. What can “you” do to make a difference? Contribute to the Edhi Foundation, Imran Khan Fund for Relief Efforts and other organizations that are mainly based in Pakistan and offer objective information on how they are either adopting villages that have been wiped out, working closely with NGO’s that are providing consistent shelter and food items to the victims, partner up with organizations that are taking volunteers to these areas to understand the situation first hand, offer to work to build schools, rehabilitate and most importantly, spread awareness and keep your eyes peeled.

This is a plea of a mere citizen of Pakistan.

Let us be the future of our country, let us make it a better place for our children.