Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

In the Keamari Town Camp for flood survivors relocated to Karachi, a woman with grey hair and strong capable hands sweeps the inside of her tent. It may be nothing more than a plastic sheet held down by four pegs, its makeshift doors flapping in the wind, but it is the hearth of her home. […]


When I was invited by activist and political blogger, Sana Saleem to talk to women at flood relief camps set up inside Sindh in the district of Thatta, I was quick to accept. I went to around eight camps that day as part of a team of about twenty professionals including dentists from Baqai Dental […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=pakistan+floods&iid=9542006″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9542006/pakistan-flood-devastation/pakistan-flood-devastation.jpg?size=500&imageId=9542006″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] When I was in Bonn, Germany in June for the Deutsche-Welle-arranged Global Media Forum conference on Climate Change, one of the keynote speakers was a 12-year old boy. Felix Finkbeiner of Plant for the Planet, a climate protection network for school-age children, acted on an idea he […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=zardari&iid=9481057″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9481057/france-president-sarkozy/france-president-sarkozy.jpg?size=500&imageId=9481057″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] As Fatima Bhutto or @fbhutto said on Twitter on August 2, ‘And the president buggers off to Europe on a five star jaunt. Typical. Violence hits Karachi this evening too.’ I would not put it in exactly the same words, and am not a great fan of […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=pakistan+fields&iid=9092908″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9092908/boys-plant-rice-field/boys-plant-rice-field.jpg?size=500&imageId=9092908″ width=”380″ height=”254″ /] After participating in the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum Climate Change Conference 2010, I began to question what makes thousands, tens of thousands Pakistanis leave their villages to come and work in the cities. They arrive with dreams and aspirations of making better lives for themselves, their […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=hunza&iid=8900230″ src=”4/e/6/6/Villagers_who_lived_b0e8.jpg?adImageId=12979485&imageId=8900230″ width=”380″ height=”285″ /] The ‘ticking water bomb’ that is Attabad lake in Hunza has already exploded for many. Caused by a major landsline on January 4, the expanding lake has already killed 20, left about 25,000 people stranded, and blocked the Hunza river about 750 kilometres north of Islamabad. It […]


I don’t know about anyone else, but the news that Pakistanis might have their very own live volcano is very worrying to me. It turns out that the people of Waam in Ziarat, an area that was badly hit by the Balochistan earthquake of 2008, noticed a huge quantity of dark black material at the […]