Pakistan: Floods – Forgotten Women

Pakistan: Floods

"The floods are the worst in Pakistan’s history, many of the people (largely women and children) are making makeshift shelters with sticks and branches as no aid has reached them with Pakistan admitting it is stretched in capacity and resources. We must act now and help these people before it is too late." S.Ali, Director, Forgotten Women

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More than 1,000 people have died in the floods as authorities struggle to provide relief to victims. The government has declared a national emergency and has appealed for international help as women and girls are bearing the brunt of this disaster.

This catastrophe has affected over 33 million people and over a 1000 people have died from drowning and being swept away along with their houses and animals as the water continues to mount. The situation is reported to be the worst in decades with the navy being deployed for the first time.

Entire villages and crops have been washed away, many families had no choice but to vacate their homes within minutes. Sodhar, from one of the most affected areas said her entire family, with pregnant women and infants, have no shelter and are living in the open in scorching weather in the nearby town of Mehar. “We barely get one meal a day. Our children are crying all day. What can you tell them to stop crying when there is no home for them,”

 

The government of Pakistan has now appealed for help to the international community with an area roughly the size of Britain underwater.

 

Sodhar from one of the most affected areas said her entire family, with pregnant women and infants, have no shelter and are living in the open in scorching weather in the nearby town of Mehar. “We barely get one meal a day. Our children are crying all day. What can you tell them to stop crying when there is no home for them.” Without access to urgent medical aid, food, clean water, and adequate shelter, those who have fled to higher ground will be at even more risk.

Pregnant women amongst those suffering 

An estimated 650,000 pregnant women in the flood-affected areas require maternal health services to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery. Up to 73,000 women expected to deliver next month. As these women have no security, shelter, food, or support during this vital time of their pregnancy, damaging both baby and mother.

Exploitation of women  

In any disaster and emergency women will be the first to suffer if a male guardian is not present. Women become an easy target for exploitation and violation of their dignity. The responsibility is now upon the women for collecting supplies for their families which make them vulnerable in so many ways. Many times, women are side-lined and no aid will reach them and as a result women will be the most malnourished and potentially die from the lack of food. Forgotten Women has a strict ethical code of conduct which has zero tolerance to sexual exploitation of the weak and vulnerable. We are here to serve those in need and in the same breath protect those who we serve. To honour our safe aid policy we only allow women on the front line to deliver aid (women to women contact).

Forgotten Women is on the ground providing life-saving aid

Our team is on the ground in flood affected areas working with local governments to provide the best support we can for the people who need it the most.

Right now, the need is: 

  1. Food Packs (1 Months) £50
  2. Basic Cooking Utensils, Household Items, Bedding & Clothing £50
  3. Dignity & hygiene packs for women £20
  4. Cooked Food £1 per person per day

Donate now, the women of Pakistan need your help.  

 

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