A blog by Rumaisa Mohani -
"In the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed" ~ Khalil Gibran
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Make 14th August ~ a day of REVIVAL
This year, our national Independence Day, has come with lots of greivances and hardships. With more than 10,000 square kilometers (4,000 square miles) of Pakistan under water, the flood is “Pakistan’s worst natural disaster” since the country’s creation 63 years ago, and has set back the nation’s development by many years, according to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Floods have left many areas beyond outside help or communication, knocking out cell phone towers and ripping away roads. Thousands are without electricity after grid stations and transformers collapsed, Pakistani television reported.
The flood has submerged an area as large as Lebanon, overwhelming relief efforts by the government and UN agencies. “Our stockpiles are nearly exhausted,” and trucks hauling tents have been blocked for a week by flooded roads, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in an e-mailed message. The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan exceeds 16 million - more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said on 9th August 2010.
Moreover, international aid remains low this this time as compared to 2005 earthquake disaster according to Guardian UK : http://bit.ly/ayI213
WHAT IS OUR ROLE ?
We, the people of Pakistan are the final hope after the Almighty. We can really make the relief efforts successful and help bringing life back to normal.
The only thing we need to do is to go out and find out the agencies / groups carrying the relief goods and join them in whatever capacity we fit in. Do whatever you can to help victims, no matter physically or verbally. Remember, your each step and initiative is going to create a history of makeover of a great nation.
Take it as a good chance to learn how to survive and work towards the REBUILDING of our country.
The destruction has been massive. The loss has been immense, yet We survive.. We go on.. And it clearly defines our physical & spiritual strengths. Our beliefs in Almighty and our own will can do wonders and they surely will.. WE will survive and stand up again as a better and sturdy nation.
In 1947's Ramadan, we got independence. In 2010's Ramadan, there's need to rebuild it and regain our strength. Lets move forward...
Make this 14th August a day of REVIVAL of our hopes and strengths.
Make this day of Independence, a day to remember in history..
May Allah help us in these difficult times . Ameen.