Project Pakistan // Phase - I
On July 28, a monsoon of biblical proportions thrashed the Islamic Republic of Pakistan creating the largest humanitarian crisis in modern history. Twenty million people were ravaged by a mountain of flood water overflowing riverbanks and bursting dams — exceeding the number of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. Nearly one-fifth of the country is now underwater, 12 million are homeless, a lethal strain of cholera is reaching epidemic levels, and thousands are dead. Entire bloodlines are on the precipice of extinction as men, women and children continue to perish.
Despite the millions of displaced refugees and the dire need for aid, a confluence of intricate challenges has undermined the international relief effort: Taliban militants garrisoned along Pakistan’s jagged borders, rampant thievery, political volatility and a general mistrust of its government continue to dissuade would-be donors from lending meaningful support. As a result, of the $8 billion needed for aid, less than $900 million has actually been pledged to the people of Pakistan. (As of press time, less than $500 million had actually been collected) Meanwhile, the people of Pakistan are suffering through what U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called, “the most devastating humanitarian crisis the world has ever seen.”