A blog by Rumaisa Mohani -
"In the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed" ~ Khalil Gibran
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wake Up Pakistan !!!
Pakistan's worst floods in recorded history began more than two weeks ago in the mountainous northwest and have spread throughout the country. Some 20 million people and 62,000 square miles (160,000 square kilometers) of land — about one-fifth of the country — have been affected.
Once the floods recede, billions more dollars will be needed for reconstruction and getting people back to work in the already-poor nation of 170 million people. The International Monetary Fund has warned the floods could dent economic growth and fuel inflation.
While local charities and international agencies have helped hundreds of thousands of people with food, water, shelter and medical treatment, the scale of the disaster has meant many millions have received little or no assistance. The U.N. has voiced fears that disease in overcrowded and unsanitary relief camps may yet cause more deaths.
What we need to do ?
First of all, we, who have not been affected by the disaster directly, should thank Allah and pray for the safety of everyone in the country. The next best thing we can do is to go out and find out the agencies / groups carrying the relief goods and join them in whatever capacity we fit in. This is not an ordinary time. Our country is facing a major catastrophe and still there are fears (God forbid) that there is more to come. Do whatever you can to help victims, either financially, physically, or verbally convincing people to come forward.
Use Social Media ( e.g. Facebook. Twitter) to raise awareness among all you know. Request your contacts to spread the message for helping the flood victims in whatever way thay can. Remember, your each step and initiative is going to create a history of makeover of a great nation.
What we need most now, is perseverance and focus on providing shelter and basic needs to people. Many affected areas have not seen any government assistance yet. Try to reach and help the people there. Take it as an opportunity 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 Allah and our own will can do wonders and they surely will.. WE will survive and stand up again as a better and sturdy nation.
May Allah help us in these difficult times . Ameen.