The Haunting of Our Pakistani Friends In This, Their Greatest Hour of Need

The Haunting of Our Pakistani Friends In This, Their Greatest Hour of Need


A father places his hand on his 7 year old son, Abrar, who is suffering from typhoid, at a camp for flood victims in Nowshera, on Sept. 15. The floods are Pakistan’s worst-ever natural disaster in terms of damage, with at least 6 million people forced from their homes and 20 million people affected. The disaster has killed more than 1,750 people, and aid agencies have warned that millions are at risk of death if emergency food and shelter are not quickly provided.(Fayaz Aziz / Reuters)
Stranded flood victims scramble for food rations, dropped by Pakistan Army soldiers from a helicopter on Sept. 13, near the village of Goza in Dadu district in Sindh province. Since the flooding began over six weeks prior, new devastation continues across the Sindh province as flood waters continue to rise and overcome new villages. The country’s agricultural heartland has been devastated, with rice, corn and wheat crops destroyed. The army and aid organizations are struggling to cope with the scope and scale of the disaster that has left over a third of the country under water. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images
A young child rests in a hammock at an overhead bridge next to a flood relief camp in Sukkur, in Sindh province on Aug. 28. Flood waters threatened to engulf two towns in southern Pakistan, a month after the disaster began. (Athar Hussain / Reuters)
Pakistani villagers affected by the floods line up for food at a releif camp in Sukkar on Aug. 27. (Pedro Ugarte / AFP – Getty Images)
Marooned flood victims looking to escape grab the side bars of a hovering Army helicopter which arrived to distribute food supplies in the Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province, Aug. 7. Pakistanis desperate to get out of flooded villages threw themselves at helicopters on as more heavy rain was expected. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)
Muhammad Munawar prays at the grave of his slain son, 17-year-old medical student Waleed, on July 14 in Chenab Nagar. Waleed was murdered in the May Lahore attacks on the Ahmadi mosques while talking to his parents on his cellphone during the attack. Waleed had lost both his grandfathers in the 1980s in killings that were deemed to be religiously motivated against Ahmadis. The Pakistani Ahmadis, who define themselves as Muslim but could face years in prison if they openly declare or practice their faith, have suffered persecution and discrimination for decades. In May 2010, 93 people were killed and over 100 injured in attacks on two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images)
A family laughs while watching acrobats perform at the Jan Baz circus in Islamabad on July 21. The circus, along with a summer festival, goes until July 25 at the Pothohair Village in the nation’s capital. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)