Pak Affairs

Pakistan is going hungry

Last Summer flood has left the war ridden Pakistan in critical situations. Pakistan has already exhausted its resources in several useless things and this flood made the situation more worse. We had thought that flood has just passed but yet lurking its aftermaths around, and hunger is biggest reality amongst all. In a recent survey conducted by the Sindh Government and UNICEF bears shocking results; levels of malnutrition in Sindh have been compared to those prevailing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dreadful pictures of African skeletons in Chad and Niger always gave me goose bumps and my heart came into my mouth and tears rolled on cheeks. I don’t want to see Pakistan or Pakistanis suffering similar way. A recent survey shows that malnutrition has increased in northern Sindh is 23.1 per cent and it is 21.2 per cent in the south. Sadly It can exceed in coming months. Thousands of the children are at major risk; this issue calls for priority attention from government and political leaders who are stashing money to foreign accounts and busy in point scoring.

These numbers depict the frightening situations of people in areas flood has devastated. Six months on, the World Food Program estimates that about 600,000 people are still living in camps in Sindh and Balochistan. Meanwhile, an Oxfam report warned that millions of flood victims were still in need and that the crisis, far from being over, could indeed get worse. Are we justified not doing anything for the flood victims? What has been done to address this situation on national levels and on individual levels? The Pakistani state and society appear to have failed the flood-affected. Pakistanis are increasingly going hungry and it seems that very little is being done to prevent the situation from getting worse.

Unfortunately not only flood-affected areas are facing hunger and malnutrition. The proportions are far critical than appear on screen. Reduced purchasing power is becoming hard fact due to combination of factors, including economic mismanagement and poor planning. Increased levels of Inflation and heightened food prices have forced families to divert towards grocery budgets the funds that previously went on areas of expenditure such as children`s education.

Hunger is reality not only in flood ridden areas but in the militancy-hit parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and Balochistan, too. People are attempting mass suicides and street crime is becoming so common; because people do not have anything to feed their families.More people have slipped under the poverty line in Pakistan.

Food scarcity where is global phenomenon on basis of natural calamities and increased population; poor management and lack of the realization is another factor involved in making situation worse in Pakistan. Time has come to pay heed to the fact that Pakistan is going hungry day be day.

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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