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Infants continue to die in drought hit areas of Pakistan

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Tharparker, Pakistan: The news of the tragic increase in mortality rate of infants in Pakistan is baffling with grief-stricken communities having no power to raise their voice against the ruling government. The media in drought-hit Pakistan outlined innumerable connotations to it, including malnutrition, abandoned hospitals, scarce rainfall and so on. But it all went unseen.

Who is to be blamed? In past years, we come across posts and write-ups in different social networking sites regarding how a girl child and a woman is perceived in the society across the globe.

The short documentary of 1 minute, documented by Ayesha Tanzeem of Voice of America draws a parallel line between the deaths of the infants of Tharparker (a region in Pakistan) with the poverty of the people. The documentary sadly chronicles the grounds of the mortality of the infants.

The girl child born of an average weight of 800gms is very much common to the sights of the doctors because there are cases when the weight of a newborn child is even less than 500gms. The children are infested with malnutrition.

Parents of the children suffering from malnutrition can be seen screaming at their deaths or at their meager condition. The parents come to hospitals from far off villages. Tharparker is a deserted area with short annual rainfall. The livestock and the crops are affected shoddily by the drought condition. The scarcities of crops lead the people to eat “Bread and Dry chili flakes”.

It is pitiful but these people have no other means to live on. The conceived mothers do not get enough nutrition to raise the baby in their womb. The situation has got shoddier because the government is glancing away from the miseries of the people. There are no medical facilities available to them; pregnant women deliver babies at home.

The cost of breathing is expensive for these people; death as a testimony is the only choice for them. We can only feel their pain virtually. It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter. The situation has to change. Humanity needs to be upgraded. These poor souls should not be subjected to something they are not at fault for. The documentary is a call of humanity.

This documentary is a call for humanity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaB7ePwksrs

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  • Annesha Das Gupta

    ” It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter” – The citation say it all.

  • Shriya Katoch

    Such issues need to be dealt with at the earliest .

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The United States said Tuesday it has added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, ramping up pressure over its treatment of minorities.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern” in a congressionally mandated annual report, meaning the U.S. government is obliged to exert pressure to end freedom violations.

Pompeo a year earlier had placed Pakistan on a special watch list – a step short of the designation – in what had been seen as a U.S. tactic to press Islamabad into reforms.

Human rights advocates have long voiced worry about the treatment of minorities in Pakistan, including Shiites, Ahmadis and Christians.

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A Sikh pilgrim visits the shrine of their spiritual leader Guru Nanak Dev in Kartarpur, Pakistan. VOA

But the timing of the full designation may be jarring as it comes after Pakistan moved to resolve its most high-profile case, with the Supreme Court in October releasing Asia Bibi – a Christian woman on death row for eight years for blasphemy.

The government recently charged a hardline cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, with terrorism and sedition after he led violent protests against Bibi’s acquittal.

“In far too many places across the globe, individuals continue to face harassment, arrests or even death for simply living their lives in accordance with their beliefs,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“The United States will not stand by as spectators in the face of such oppression,” he said.

Nine countries remained for another year on the list of Countries of Particular Concern – China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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The United States removed one country from the list – Uzbekistan– but kept it on the watch list.

Pompeo also put on the watch list Russia, adding another item of contention to the relationship between the two powers.

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Russia has increasingly drawn concern in the United States over its treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the heterodox Christian group known for proselytization.

Also on the watch list was the Comoros, the Indian Ocean archipelago that is almost exclusively Sunni Muslim. (VOA)