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We moved the children from room to room to save their lives

March 21, 2014

waiting on an island for flood relief

KOT BODLA, Pakistan (Reuters) Muzamel is uk canada goose just five days old and sleeps peacefully under buy canada goose jacket a makeshift mosquito canada goose black friday sale net, blissfully unaware that her family home is now an canadian goose jacket island, still surrounded by water one month after the floods hit.

It is a half hour journey by army motor boat to reach the village of Kot Bodla, across a giant lake which has submerged the family livelihood its cotton and wheat fields below five or canada goose coats six feet of water.

Since the floods came, the 30 or so people in the extended family who live here have been cut off, living off their animals and cheap canada goose uk what stocks of food they had, and crowding into the buildings which were not destroyed or dangerously damaged.

water came in the night. It was raining, says Lal Bai, the baby grandmother. by one, houses began to collapse. I was so scared and worried about the children; I thought the water was going to come and wash them away. We moved the children from room to room to save their lives.

Since then, nobody has come to help canada goose store them.

Here in Rajanpur district of south Punjab, some 700,000 people fled their homes. With many of the people who fled stranded on embankments with nothing, the army says it had to give priority to the homeless.

Lal Bai daughter gave birth without hope of medical help a girl who now sleeps tightly bound in Canada Goose Outlet a green scarf, three black dots smeared on her forehead to keep away evil spirits.

Her family has little idea what the future holds after such terrible floods even in all the stories of their ancestors they had heard of nothing like this.

They know the immediate future will be hard. canada goose uk black friday The cotton was just three weeks away from being picked when the floods hit. They do not expect to be able to sow wheat in the winter. They do not have enough food for their goats, sheep and buffalo.

entire day I Canada Goose Online am sitting canada goose idle, complains Lal Bai. used to go to my fields and collect fodder for the cattle. Now I am just sitting and watching the water.

LITTLE INTEREST IN MILITANTS, POLITICS Yet in an echo of comments buy canada goose jacket cheap made in villages across the region, the people are thinking about rebuilding and about the practicalities of making it through the winter.

Rarely is there a mention of Canada Goose Jackets politics, Islamist Canada Goose Coats On Sale militants or canada goose uk outlet weak government.

just worried about the coming wheat season, says 80 year old Malik Mahmoud. flood will have made our land more fertile and I hope we will get bumper crops after that.

what about this season? Where will we canada goose uk shop get wheat for our own use? And how will I buy seed for another season if I canada goose clearance sale have canada goose factory sale no wheat to sell?

Here canada goose coats on sale in the Serakai belt of Punjab province, canada goose outlet the mainly rural population is extremely poor and used to hardship. There are no signs of protests breaking out, or of rising anger.

Nor is there any evidence of Islamist charities out in force gathering recruits, although Islamist militant groups have a strong presence in south Punjab; nor, yet, of the kind of instability Western countries fear might follow the floods.

Those who can make it to semi dry land stand patiently in long queues behind gaily painted relief trucks where the army hands out supplies of Canada Goose online food.

Others uk canada goose outlet wade through chest deep water, carrying their goods on their heads. Some villagers have rigged up charpoys a traditional wooden bed Canada Goose sale made of rope with empty barrels lashed beneath them to ferry Canada Goose Parka their womenfolk.

In Kot Bodla, many complain; others mutely proffer identity canada goose clearance cards to visitors, hoping cheap Canada Goose they might turn out to be officials who can help them.

But people do the same in poor villages across both India and Pakistan canadagooseoutletcanada when visitors arrive, even when there are no floods.

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