We reported back to our supporters after visiting the flood-hit villagers in Sindh near Karachi, who had been subjected to the most terrible floods in the country’s short history (click here).
A BACA team disaster recovery team headed by Pastor Musa (63 yrs) leading our partner group Victory Church, has since then been visiting several local communities of, Goth Ibrahim Khan Village, Mari Tahalka in the Sindh. A very remote area about fifteen kilometres from the city of Karachi. We have now made 4 trips and given groceries and mosquito nets to over 250 families.
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Our Operations Manager spoke about the journey, he said:
“Drivers usually avoid going such remote village places due to inconsistent roads built poorly if any.
“Certain roads are still under rain and flood water so it was a really hard job to drive through such dangerous terrain”.
“Around 30 Christian families live in Goth Ibrahim and all of them are Hindu converts.” explained Pastor Musa.
“They live in mud huts which leaves them vulnerable to damage or collapse in heavy rain and floods.
“It then takes them months to rebuild their huts living under makeshift tents made from pieces of cloth till they are able to recover.
“These people are serfs tilling the land of Waderas (Landlords) earning a pittance and barely surviving.”
The Christians involved in this labour are warned that they are not permitted to work for anybody else except their landlords, with the threat of violence for anyone who breaches this rule. The families are very much in servitude to the landowners and have to be on call 24 hours for any emergencies. We have also been advised that there must always be someone in the community who runs the errand of collecting and distributing messages for the landlord to the indentured labourers.
Ravi Masih (31 yrs) , a local village land tiller, said:
“Rains in August affected us badly, water entered into our huts and the boundary walls collapsed.
“We had to flee to safer areas – there were miles and miles of devastation.
“We laid our tents on the roads and lived there for almost two weeks.
“When we returned to what was left of our homes all we saw was ruin and lass – it was heart-breaking.
After the flood waters dissipated it left large pools of stagnant water which favoured the breeding of mosquitoes. Many of the villagers began to become ill, but as di their livestock due to the transmission of waterborne and mosquito-transferred diseases.
There is a government hospital in the vicinity but villagers were unable to reach it due to flood water. With no medical facility in the village people have been suffering from Dengue Fever, Malaria and dysentery the worst cases have travelled the far distance to hospitals but will need help with the cost of ongoing treatment. Others go untreated because they cannot afford or find it hard to travel or are worried about the costs for medicine and ongoing treatment. There is no medical facility in the village so BACA has organised a medical camp for next week and we will be supplying free treatments.
A person usually earns 300 PKR (£1.41) for a full day’s labouring in the fields. This year the cotton crop has been swept away due to the heavy torrential rains families have no source of income and are prevented from working elsewhere. Food shortage and an inability to buy clothes, furniture or building materials and other equipment has meant families have been living very destitute lives.
“This package is a big relief in times of hunger” said Daniel (21 yrs), the son of Pastor Musa.
BACA Are covering the costs for food and medical supplies to these beleaguered Christians. If you would like to donate towards this work please donate by clicking (here)