Archive for September, 2009

The Silent Ones

29Sep09

[picapp src=”c/0/0/7/Refugees_Flee_Fighting_f790.jpg?adImageId=7267837&imageId=4817080″ width=”396″ height=”594″ /] Last week, a 13-year-old boy from Karachi’s Korangi neighbourhood was gang-raped by three men. The crime took place on the first night of Eidul Fitr. That’s right. When you and I were having dinner with our families or doing whatever we do to celebrate the holiday, a boy was screaming […]


Richard Holbrooke was in Pakistan for the second time this month, and while he was on his way to Destination Kabul for the presidential elections, the visit was by no means a mere pit stop. The United States Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan has been the topic of a great deal of discussion. Because […]


[picapp src=”1/5/3/8/Internally_Displaced_Pakistanis_753e.jpg?adImageId=7265241&imageId=5370570″ width=”500″ height=”335″ /] For a couple of months, the world has seen pictures of Pakistani men, women and children with flushed faces stuffed in buses, braving oppressive heat and winding roads. Their mission was to return to the scenic Swat Valley, known as the Switzerland of Pakistan. Newspaper headlines have read: ‘The long […]


[picapp src=”7/a/5/4/Internally_Displaced_Face_3a48.jpg?adImageId=7265262&imageId=4988214″ width=”500″ height=”333″ /] When Shehnaz talks about the house that she built with her earnings, you can see her pride. She spent Rs 500,000 on just the construction. Sunlight streamed into every room. It was not in a dark alley, but right on the corner of a street. The women she waxed helped […]