Soomri, Inatullah, and five grandchildren sit in their shelter. Jessica Howell/CRS
By Jessica Howell, Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a Caritas member)
The early days of last August seemed fairly unremarkable for the small Pakistani village of Rajo Bhayo, until the Indus River – swollen from days of unending monsoon rains in the north – breached a protective embankment nearby and came swirling towards the village.
Villagers had about an hour to prepare before the flood hit them. “We did not understand what was happening to us when the waters came,” says Soomri, a 75-year old mother of five and grandmother of 23. Panic ensued, with people fleeing to higher ground as quickly as they could, watching their entire village disappear under rapidly-rising water.
A woman sewing together rugs in Gadap Town Karachi. Credit: Kamran Chaudhry/Caritas Pakistan
By Kamran Chaudhry, Communications officer, Caritas Pakistan
Sohni Bibi sat stitching the patches of her tent as evening approached. Her two year old son, barefoot, waited besides as she finished the needlework.
It is now time to push the hearth inside the tents to keep them warm as well as brighten them.
“Cold air gushes inside through the torn walls of our shelter. The blankets available are too short and we have to stitch them together to cover both head and feet”, said Bibi showing a multi-textured quilt spread on packaging material covering the cold grounds. Continue reading