The Flood Has Washed The Truth Out On The Shores.

Photo: Hira S. Malik

It was only less than a month back that i had my first personal encounter with the flood displaced people living in a small shanty town here at the Chakra goth, korangi. It was difficult to understand how over fifty people, including children living in a small single room house would be managing, and there were several such homes. but once we were there the picture become more disturbing than i could ever imagine. Almost all of these flood displaced people were infected badly with scabies specially the children, who are twice as many in number as the adults. There were several pregnant women, some of them needed immediate medical attention, many babies had diarrhea.

After a thorough assessment by the members of FLP, the NGO i am associated with for the flood relief efforts, they were immediately provided with food, and their medical needs were taken care of during the following few days. as some who needed a long term treatment are still being provided with the necessary medical support.

My next trip was to Thatta and another one to Jamshoro, both locations almost 2 to 3 hour drive from Karachi. The situation of the flood survivors there left me much more worried and disturbed. Besides the diseases like, skin infections, scabies, eye infections, diarrhea which are common almost throughout the camps for flood displaced people, there are pregnant women who need medical attention, women with medical issues since years but have never ever thought of taking any medical advice all their lives. mostly all women are week and ill, in no better condition than the goats and cows in the farm, actually even coats and cows have been taken much more care of.

most of these women don’t even know the basic of hygiene, health, and self care. They just know they are the way they are, if they have a pain it just is, it had been since years or months, most of them don’t even recall for how long they have been suffering. when you approach them they want you to make their kids more healthy, and solve their health issues, they wont even talk about their own issues unless you ask them and tell them that they need to take care of them selves as well.

Another thought provoking account of an interaction Naveen Naqvi had with a group of those flood displaced people who don’t follow the common religious view of the majority of the society can be read here .

It is nothing but a thick dark cloud of ignorance that these people have been living in. men because they move around and meet other people and socialize much more are more health conscious for them selves, but for their women it seems they care not much. there seems to be no concept of civic sense among these people. In camps too although they will chose to live shelter less but wont move in with person from another clan or village so they live close by in clusters of people from their own clan and yet often the cooperation there should be between the occupants of the tents right next to each other seems missing.

These people have been living under a strong feudal and strictly Petrarch system for generations, the poison of which has seeped deep into their upbringing. Their social structure, life style, behavior and ignorance clearly show the signs of it all, whats more sad is the fact that that it is actually our own fault that we have kept them enslaved and ignorant and ended up completely destroying the mind sets of a whole generation of ours and maybe also of those to follow if we don’t realize out mistakes of the past now and take actions to improve the society we too are an important part of.

like many have said, this floods has shown us the real face of the population of out country and given us an opportunity to change once and for all. The next step is to rehabilitate these flood displaced people, which will give us a chance to re structure their lives for their own benefits. The need is to give priority to education, micro-finance projects, gender equality, health and care projects. so their tomorrow and the future of our country can have a chance to come out of this thick dark mist of ignorance and hopelessness.

Image Credits : Hira S. Malik

24 Comments so far

  1. بستنی (wasiq) on September 29th, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    twisted…yet again…lol

    maana kay i have been a fan of naveen naqvi since her EverReady and ghazanfer saab days…per yeah achi baat nahein hai…

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 30th, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    We need change. Only MQM can bring change. I have now realised that MQM is the only party that can bring positive change and i will now always support them..

  3. بستنی (wasiq) on September 30th, 2010 @ 12:05 pm


  4. Shez (unregistered) on September 30th, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    What is this claptrap about MQM? This is a metropolitan blog so keep it limited to the city news, issues etc. Doc has a complete hatred for the MQM. We understand that but he should spread that on his personal blog.

    Btw, a good piece on MQM on a blog that I recently read.

  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 30th, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    am sure doctor is dog bitten, had some brain hemorrage, possibility of being drunk is not right because intoxication is temporary and never last long.

    comments for mqm in such tone is act of terrorism by him against sane people

  6. prait-atma (unregistered) on October 1st, 2010 @ 6:54 am

    yaar kiy abehuda article tha..astragfullah……yeh nai tatpooniyee middleclassiye…in ko her cheez ka issue banana hota hai.

    abay agar un ko scabies hai ya vacination nai hoin ya un ki ladies nahati naihain…tu yaar yeh sab tu un ka centuries old tradition hai….per hum ko tu sirf karo kari ya ajrak topi day hi tradition lagta hai baki sab media ki sunsunai hawaiyaan.

    laholwalakuwatah…….abay jis na kabhi pathan ki chapal new na kharedi hu usay yeh show planet say Caterpiller ke flip flop dilanay chalaya hain….flood releif ki donations aisay hi chutyapay ke kamoo me zaya ker rhai hia yeh qoum…..i have seen this madness too close for my comfort…

    chutiyaa qoum

  7. بستنی (wasiq) on October 1st, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    @prait-atma saab….sir it is about nine-ten months early for you to comment on this blog post….please try to restrain yourself….thankyou.
    as for me….I have both physically and spiritually stayed away from all flood victims and saviors…because according to both the written and unwritten constitutions in force in the flood affected areas …I have no right to do so….no matter how badly it hurts my ego and desire to see woman empowerment in Pakistan….this seem to be the first time in my life that the Americans and USAID is seeing things from the eyes of the Author of this blog….they are questioning both the government and the bloodsucking NGO’s for the American $$$ they spent on the uplift of the poor….in this country…This past week since this blog post surfaced…I have observed a very firm change in the tone of people in washington including senator kerry and sec of state clinton…regarding the manner in which the relief will be provided in the future…lets hope they remain firm and committed to the improvement of the quality of life of the helpless people deprived of their basic human rights for centuries….Amen!

  8. prait-atma (unregistered) on October 1st, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    @ wasiq.

    sir with all due respect to the stupidtily idotic hyper emotional urges of relif workers in helping those land grabbing over populating flee ridden katcha area sons of the soil.

    i cant figure out what improvemnt in quality of life it can bring if they use freedom ultra, ( free or subsidiezed by us fools )….instead of the cotton reused sheets they stuffed in there shalwars.

    or if NGO people have wet dreams or multi orgasms when they see these people washing their arse with nestle mineral water provided by hard earned money of us citizens….well if thats so…then so be it……let them die of multiple orgasims and sexual exhaustion as i see nestle water flowing our of toilets of tent cities….khabeeson ko saaf pani peena ke liye nai milta tha…aaj haram ka pani mil rhaa hai tu toilets me baha rahay hain….when hard earning honest earning people in the city still dont have proper bottled water of a reputable company.

    sali emotional chutiya qoum

  9. بستنی (wasiq) on October 4th, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    @prait-atma saab….thanks to the unstable law and order situation in karachi and the US travel advisory we had a sharp decrease in the American and foreign visitors….to our home so we still enjoy the free and abundant germs open food items sold all over the town…esp the unbottled water….usually boiled when not procrastinating(lol)….fresh meat, fresh milk,fresh fish….so I feel no regrets when and how anybody else uses the swiss water….although I would very much like to know where the saudi water will be sold donated by the gracious saudi government….I need it to impress the saudi delegation of relatives soon to arrive for their summer vacations….hope to get a bargain on a months supply….you visit most super markets for shopping …do let me know if you see some saudi stuff in bulk…thanks.

  10. Prait-atma (unregistered) on October 4th, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    sir….my apologies… recently….due to the thigns hapening around me…..i am turngn more of a hermit in a crowd….i move withouth bothering to look left or right….or back…or even in front….driving or walking in auto piolet…….go to my favourite shops and merkets eat or buy my favourite things…not even seeing what else is on offer.

    my wife luves this new me, as i dont see around for oppurtunites and possibilities in the world….if you knwo what i mean…….so…the only thing saudi i luv…..if some saudi sex clips of dubiuos nature….or some milk products at hihgly infalted price imported and stacked in aghas’s n naheed, and i laugh ironicly when i buy em being a proud citizen of a shitty nation proudly calming to be a agricultal contury with top 5 milk production country in the world.

    if so..then why the hell are we importing lassi,doodh liquid or powdred, makhaan, cheez from saudia and denmark tell that to those dumbos still beliving our that that white stuff is milk…if its forma cow…not froma bull…..this nation dont even know the diffrence….fudging morons…..if they were incharge of janat…their wud have been a sarchrin laced honey and adultrated milky canaals…over flowing due to not making of kalabag dam…lol

    if cirstinas wud have the hold of janaat….their wud have been a honey canaal, a sugar free honey canaal….a regualr milk canal, a low calcium milk canal and a non diary soy milk canal..

    sali chay qoum

  11. بستنی (wasiq) on October 6th, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    where have you seen the stuff and especially food products from denmark…?? was it local product made under license or totally imported…?

  12. Prait-atma (unregistered) on October 6th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    sir jee imported dairy product slocal ksiay honay lagain…??

    depends what you wana buy…….powdred NIDO you can buy anywhere…local is cheaper, imported is a bit expensive.

    fresh dairy you can buy in any store of repute.

    aap ko yehi khareedna hai ya chemsit ki shop pe adha ghanata laga ke idhar udhar ke sawal ke baad batain gay halki say awaaj me ke yaar do rough rider dena…lol

  13. بستنی (wasiq) on October 6th, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

    nahein sir hum log ko rough rider ka kya karna hai….humarey demagh toh himaley sey bhi buland kahein fly kar rahey hain….lol

    Nido is a pakistani product made under license from swiss company…it has nothing to do with Denmark….Deutsche mark sey kuch taaluq ho sakta hai…aap ney inn log ka Raita nahein chakha kya abhi tak….?? total(akha) desi…no foreign ingredients…

  14. prait-atma (unregistered) on October 8th, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    sir NIDO is an international brand….same as kitkat, cadburry and other stuff….that is produced in local factories….

    and is a poor cousin of the foreign made smae named stuff.

    no wonder local cadbury at 25 or foreign @ three times its cost tell alot about the taste if not all about status of pshyche….

    pakitani chutiye manufactures dont knwo a shit about diary product nor chocolates.

    take a bite of canburdy local and cadbury uk and see.

    even if you go in finner details…a chocolate of same name in UK is very diffrent from belgium or swiss or denmak or france…..and if you take china, you can detect the diffrnce with eyes closed

  15. بستنی (wasiq) on October 11th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    Sir jee tusi meri mano na toh iss taste kay diiferent ho ney main post production factory to shop storage and delivery ka haath ziyada hai….dhoop main perday perday…without cold storage ….food products ki wat lag jati hai….jab kay expiry date abhi initiate bhi nahein huie hotee….agar karachi ka law & order sahi hota toh main kabhi bhi cadbury ko daytime main produce delivery ki ijazat nahein deyta….woh bhi open suzuki pick ups main….astaghfirullah astaghfirullah….!

  16. Prait-atma (unregistered) on October 11th, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    sir jee is saray fasanay me gai ka dodh , chocloate ki ratio, banday ka imaaan, mihtai ki dukaan, and halwai ka dhiyaan….kahan giya….

    aap nay tu sara iljaam noor khan driver aur yaar muhamaad cleaner pe daal diya.

    waisay nice picture….was it in bathroom…??

  17. بستنی (wasiq) on October 12th, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    sir aap mano ya na mano…imaan mag kay centerfold main 2 inch ounchi dikhti hai aur syed noor saab ka khayal hai kay achi filam kay lian heroin hamesha derdh (1 1/2) foot nichi dikhni chahiyeah bhaley uss ka mini skirt saaath(7) foot ouncha dikhay….iss lian imaan ka khayal dil se nikal diya kab ka….
    dil se rukhsat huie koi khuawaish girya kuch bey sabab nahein ata

    jahan tak halwai ki dukan aur ingredients ka sawal hai toh woh toh aap jantey hee hoein gay ka Burdhia kay naam pey bhatta(By the order of HM) laga ney waloun ka kya hashar hota hai….bara dey bara chuween (12 x 12 =24) chuween te chuween ardtali (24 x 24 =48) artali jama chay chuwanja(48 + 6 =54) mulkan wich meri munchaiat de dhoom hai….
    ab bhi agar aap ko yaqeen nahein aata toh aaisa karein ab ki baar poonam (lol) main jab mamoo cadbury smuggle kar kay laein na toh airport pey suitcase noor khan(driver) kay hawaley kar deyna…aur bolna kay iss ko din bhar dhoop main karachi ki ser kara kay ghar poncha do….sham ko jab woh aaay toh woh imported cadbury suitcase sey nikal kay kisi open space ya roof top pey doh teen din kay lian rakh kay bhool jain….agar neighbors ki buree niyat sey bach jai toh kuch din baad uss ko wahan sey outha kay apney local fridge main rakh dein aur kuch din kesc ki load shedding ko apna kaam dikhaney ka mocka dein….taqreeban aik week kay baad uss imported cadbury ko taste karein ….se
    doctor jones doctor jones wake up now…

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  19. Prait-atma (unregistered) on October 12th, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    @ wasiq.

    sir syed noo rko tu aap chor hi dein….heroine derch inch neechi hu ya na hu un ki neckline derh inch say jiyada neechi hona syed saab ne apnay oper faraz samjh liy ahai aur qoum ko bhi apnaya per majboo rkertay hain…….siama tu un ke hath pe bait ker chuki..reema ne mazrat ker li ke syed saab ab me is dhanday say taiyb hu chuki….is liye nai ke sharef hu liye ke ab customer hi ani ata tu dukaan khuli rakhnay ka faida kiya… gai imaan…tu saw her stong age jeans add……mujhay herat is per nai thi ke yeh is ne charhai kaisya…mujhay herat is pe thi ke yeh isay utaray gi kaisay…( i was thinking of lending a hand or something)

  20. Prait-atma (unregistered) on October 12th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    okay…sir i get your point……but it doesnt meen i agree 100 % wid you on this.

    to sumrise your cadbury ki kahani raziya ki zubani…….if cadbury was a shareef gharanay ki larki…kidnaped by hooligans…..tormented for weeks, lodged and worst places, trasported in cargo bays, manhandled by roughnecks as they pleased….sir yet….if you look at it, it wud still carry glimpse of her once shinning past.

    hum khandar dkeh ker us ke shandaar mazi ka andaza bi ker saktay hain agar woh nazar rakhtay hoon…:)

    as comapred to , ik larki hu jis ne aankh hi us mohaaly me kholi hu jahan sab ya tu dhanda ker rahi hoti hain ya dhanda kerwa rai hoti hain…..un ki ik ik inch pe made in mohalla likha wuya hota hai.

    ….when i eat chocolate its my habit to check wheter it has been melt-refreezed…coz it gives you the worst taste if you are a choco fanatic….i open icecrream tops to see if the ice cream has melted and refreezed, shwoign bad refrigration at stores…..i never buy any of those.

    just open the wraper of kitkat or galaxy or cadbury…if u can see the name embossed on the choclate it shwos it was never melted.

    as for local ones….whenever i got even the best of em…they were still pethetic…..

    yani sab kasoor mohalay ka , AC ka funciton non functioing ka ya naika ka nahee…kuch kasoor larki ka apna bhi tu howay ga na…ke kahan say belong ekr ti hai

    same…chcolate paksitan ki bani hai ya swiss , farak pakarnay walay paker hi letya hain

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on October 12th, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

    sir zara apna foreign currency visa master card to ouchal na…paypal bhi chaley ga…mein abhi is lardki(cadbury pakistan) ka chaal chalan khol kay rah deyta houn….
    saath main iss kay hotoun sotoun ka bhi….

    pheir toh aap ko koi shikayat nahein ho gi na ….?

    kajra re…terey kare kare naina

  22. prait-atma (unregistered) on October 13th, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    sir apna credit card tu local currency ka hai…..dollar me bi buy karoon tu rupee me hi charge keray hai.

    reh gai cadbury….na sir jee…aap jitnay link bhej do….sabit ekr do ke cadbury local nakul ba sad asli hai…per na sair ji…

    i have first hand experince of working in multi nationals where even the gora directors, which we had high hopes of turning things around , start with hugh thunder agsint ethical and moral and social dilemas…….yet after a few month they start fading awya…..and after one year either they ar emore pakistaniz then pkaistaniz or keep on the sideline busy in taking big salaries dearness allowances, company paid residences where they enjoy buttfucking local hookers on local rates while being paid in dollars in salaries… can be terms equilant to hevan in a morbid way

  23. بستنی (wasiq) on October 13th, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    you are very right sir …I always thankGod that i am not a gora director of any multi-national in a third world country like Pakistan….because the field set for them by KD’s friend the dark prince is much more tougher than it is for the paindo’s of punjab and kashmir….
    Recently I laughed out loud when I saw a mission directive of the New USAID guy in Pakistan….

    PS:this blog post has already been shared with the US state department and sec of state….through proper channel….lol

  24. prait-atma (unregistered) on October 14th, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    you too brutus….i thought you would stay clean and not get infectd by AIDS form gora.

    but looks like the devil got to you even… they way how does it feel when the dollar moves inside the system……i heard it increases the male potency due to the euphoria effect…just a placebo but really effective.

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