FW: Emergency crisis in communities in Northern Pakistan

Khawaja Rehman khawaja.rehman at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 11 13:20:24 UTC 2010


 

 

From: Fakhruddin [mailto:fakhruddin at fli-online.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 5:21 PM
To: Emil perder
Subject: Emergency crisis in communities in Northern Pakistan

 

Pakistan has been hit by the worst flood of its history.  According to OCHA
- UN, the number of people affected is higher than the combined total of the
Tsunami in South East Asia, and the earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti.  Our
government says that we have gone 50 years backwards.  The infrastructure of
the country has been severely damaged. 

 

Forum for Language Initiatives (FLI) is a non-government and non-profit
organisation registered with the government of Pakistan, working to enable
the language communities of northern Pakistan to preserve and develop their
mother tongues.  Although this organisation is not involved in relief work,
it has set into motion an initiative because the language communities with
whom It works have been severely affected by the floods and are in a great
deal of suffering. So far, the situation in the area where these language
communities live is the worst.  Their sources of livelihood:  small terraced
fields, vegetable and fruit gardens and livestock have been washed away by
the flood.  Single approach roads to the narrow valleys in the mountains
have been completely damaged.  One has to travel for days to come out from
the valley to get any food.   Many people partnering with FLI in community
development programmes have lost their homes, property and most of their
personal belongings, and at least one multi-lingual education school has
been destroyed.   FLI wants to help out the most affected people and would
like national and international organisations, governments, communities, and
individuals to support its efforts in this humanitarian crisis. 

 

In addition to the death toll, there is a real threat that many more people
waiting for rescue and relief will lose their lives due to lack of food,
clean water, shelter, and medicines.  Our government is already facing a
number of crises and cannot cope reaching out to every community.   FLI is
hoping to reach out to the people first with survival kits, i.e., tin
sheets, basic food, drinking water, medicines as well as cash as in some
cases the above mentioned items cannot be easily sent from other locations.

 

You can see more photos and videos of flood devastation in FLI target areas
of Upper Swat Valleys: Kalam and Bahrain, through the following links:

www.fli-online.org <http://www.fli-online.org/> 

http://www.youtube.com/user/flipakistan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPdxEU75UYk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2vNTEzkf_g
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2vNTEzkf_g&NR=1> &NR=1

 

If you are willing to help, or need more information, please contact FLI's
Assistant Director at:

 

e-mail:  Fakhruddin at fli-online.org

 

phone: +92 (0)51 211 1990          [during working hours:  8:00-4:30]

 +92 (0)345 94 20 406       [mobile]

 

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