“Our common humanity transcends the oceans and all national boundaries. It binds us together in a common cause against tyranny, to act together in defense of our very humanity. Let it never be asked of any of us – what did we do when we knew that another was oppressed?” – Nelson Mandela
Oppression takes many forms. And with twenty percent of Pakistan under water, the Pakistani people are in danger not only of losing homes and livelihoods, but also the already precarious sense of stability that they struggle to maintain. During what should be a month of fasting, family, and connection to their communities, Pakistanis instead face water shortages, cholera outbreaks, and the potential to enter a massive second shock of deaths due to waiting for international relief. Simple things like water, food, and clean clothing are scarce, and must be shared among the 20 million displaced Pakistanis, as well as the nearly 60,000 Afghan refugees within the country. Even after the nearly three weeks of flooding finally dissipates, the economic and social impact of the flooding are projected to be nearly unmanageable, and the damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and Pakistan’s education systems will take years to repair.
To learn more about the flooding, BBC’s developed a frequently updated Special Report Center. The State Department and USAID have recently launched the Pakistan Relief Fund, and Interaction has compiled how each of their members is responding to the flooding, as well as how to get involved or donate. And both CARE and Oxfam International are chronicling their attempts to help through their Twitter pages, @CARE and @Oxfam.
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