“Water took away everything we had”,
Sidiqua tells the PDI team with tears glimmering in her eyes. “It was all around the place before we could take our children and run towards something”.
She continues now trying to hold her sobs with her dupatta to her face.
The painful situation around Shikarpur, Or Sindh Province or anywhere in Pakistan where millions lost their homes and loved ones to the waves is unbearable. These Internally displaced people find the situations very difficult to adjust in any other area of Pakistan other then their homelands, where they spent most part of their lives and got used to the earth and sky of that area as they say.
“We loved the very dirt of our village”,
says one of the villagers inside a government school camp, “we knew everything about our land, anything that happened, we knew why and when is it going to happen, even the floods beforehand were predicted”.
He continues and that is where our team is struck in thoughts.
It hasn’t been unusual to listen to the burning discussions whether the floods were caused by climate change, however if these discussions did end up believing the hand of Climate Change or did not, talking to local people, one thing can be assured from the indigenous point of view that the situations with the monsoons were bizarre this summer, where raining was extreme and prolonged then the past years. However then again according to the people, advent of floods was in no one’s knowledge at all.
“Our elders even couldn’t read the weather, we were delighted by the thought of our crops doing well this year with loads of rains”,
Sairan said clutching her little girl in her hands, “but then one dark of the night while we all slept, water floated inside our homes and before we knew it was drowning us all inside our rooms”,
The days and days of visiting these flood victims during PDI’s flood relief operations, the team finally thinks if the heated dialogues and discussions came up with the realization of finding a connection of Pakistan floods with Climate Change they should know that the indigenous people from all these areas who witnessed the weather on its extreme have proved that connection beforehand.