Category Archives: Natural Disasters

Atoning for our sins

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn IS change in the offing? I should hasten to add that I am not talking about political change in Islamabad which is perennially the subject of much speculation. It is socio-economic change I want to … Continue reading

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What the Future Holds for Flood-Affected Pakistanis: Will Zuhra Go to School Again?

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: The WIP

Zuhra is four and she has recently learned her Sindhi alphabet – 52 letters in all. She wants the world to know about her achievement. When I met Zuhra at the Indus Resource Centre’s (IRC) tent city for the flood affected in Dadu – a small town in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh – she tugged at my sleeve and insisted I listen to her recitation.

Data collected from IRC tent cities in Khairpur, Dadu, and Sehwan in Sindh provides an idea of how women fared the ravaging floods in July through September. Of the 8,089 people housed in these camps, 49 percent were females and 47 percent were children, indicating the prevalence of large family sizes and its implications for women.
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Will Zuhra Go To School Again?

The floods of 2010 have been forgotten. Do we remember the plight of those who suffered. This article was written when the displaced people were returning home. They were happy to be going back to their villages. But their feelings … Continue reading

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What next for flood victims?

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn THE narratives of Pakistan’s flood experience are drawing to a close. According to the National Disaster Management Authority’s latest data (Oct 30), 1,984 people lost their lives in the deluge that swept across large tracts … Continue reading

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On the point of change?

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn THE tent cities for the flood-affected in Khairpur are now being dismantled. According to the EDO of the district only five remained last Friday. As I watched the occupants of the Indus Resource Centre’s (IRC) … Continue reading

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Contribution of expatriates

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn IT was President John F. Kennedy who exhorted Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you…..but what you can do for your country”. This ‘do for your country’ spirit is very much … Continue reading

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Seizing the moment

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn HISTORY is replete with examples of societies having cleverly turned their adversity into a window of opportunity to achieve what they never would have in ‘normal’ times. Without a cataclysmic tragedy they often remain mired … Continue reading

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How Pakistan survives

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn FOR some time now — especially since the electronic media was unwittingly liberated by the military government of Gen Pervez Musharraf — cynics and pessimists have been writing off Pakistan. Since the closing days of … Continue reading

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Cashing in on the floods

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn WHEN natural disaster strikes, it can affect the rich and the poor, but not alike. Calamities such as floods and earthquakes hit the poor harder. Being the children of lesser gods, the poor are more … Continue reading

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Ecological disasters

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

BP (or Beyond Petroleum as British Petroleum branded itself after its merger with Amoco in 2000) has been in the news practically every day in the British and American media since April when its Deep-water Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 people.

Since then a massive amount of oil is being spilled into the sea making it one of the worst ecological disasters of its kind in the world.
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