In Pakistan, a staggering 53 million people are living in poverty. That’s almost a quarter of the population.
With a large population and high rates of the poverty, the threat of natural disaster is sadly another concern for communities in need. For people like Beor, it’s a reality that’s all too familiar.
Beor from Pakistan.
Beor is a 55-year-old widow who lives with her son in a small village in Mirpur. A stay-at-home mother, her son would work at a local market and look after their goats too. They lived in a small house that consists of one room and toilet.
The family struggled to meet their basic living costs and often relied on the help of their community and neighbours.
One day, Beor was out getting firewood when an earthquake struck the area, sadly destroying her home.
The family spent many days outdoors because of the shock:
“We were all shaken after the earthquake. We’re now scared it could happen [again] at any moment.” (Beor)
Following the disaster, Beor and her son stayed with a neighbour for a short while as the family can’t afford to build a new home.
However, alhamdulillah, they’re now living in a winterised tent provided by Islamic Relief:
“After earthquake, it was really difficult to survive in temporary shelter because it was not winterized and waterproof. The weather here is very cold… It was difficult to survive in harsh conditions. Then, Islamic Relief provided me with winterized tent that help me to survive in harsh cold weather. I believe this was lifesaving aid and I am really thankful for this generous support.”
It’s thanks to your generous donations that Beor and her family had safe shelter last winter. Thank you for your critical support.
You truly are life-savers.