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Revisiting the Gojra tragedy

Religious minorities are facing numerous hardships and increasing insecurity in Pakistan. According to an official report, over 96% of Pakistan’s population is Muslim, the remaining consisting of religious minorities such as Christians, Hindus, Ahmadiyas, Parsis, Buddhists and Sikhs.  One such incident of religious violence against the minorities is the Gojra incident; when a group of Muslims in 2009 set the establishments on fire and looted the Catholic church in the Gojra district of Toba Tek Singh. Eight Christians were killed as a result of this incident, while many were injured. Later, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan released a report which stated that ...

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Harassment doesn’t stop us

A recent news story published in The Express Tribune reported a female traffic warden in Lahore who had to get transferred from road duty after she was groped by a man on a motorbike. She said:  “I cried at the CTO’s office and he ordered me transferred to the Ticketing Branch. The same thing happened to several other wardens.” The idea of including female traffic wardens in to the field was to make society a safer place for women. Officers thought that once the commuters saw a lady in charge, they would behave themselves. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It is ...

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Left to die in an old age home

In her article for The Express Tribune, reporter Rabia Ali wrote: How an elderly Mehmooda Begum was left at an old home is heart breaking. Tired of eating porridge which was served to her every day, she decided to cook food for herself one day. The daal she made got her a black eye and a forceful admission to the old people’s center by her son. As Mehmooda recalls her story, miles away from her family at the largest old home of the city, her lips quiver and her kohl-lined eyes fill up with tears. Her youngest son, and his wife, ...

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Being a nurse in Pakistan

Nurses work shifts that last 12 to 24 hours. They perform numerous unpleasant procedures and even put their own lives at risk for the sake of their patients. Many nurses say they are harassed by young men who come in as either patients or relatives of the patient. They are asked personal questions and are, often unable to perform their duties due to harassment. Asking a nurse for her phone number is a regular occurrence in the hospitals of Pakistan. Patients even ask them if they can photograph them, and sometimes take pictures while the nurse is not looking. Under these conditions, ...

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Forced into marriage

We live in the twenty-first century, yet it is appalling to know that women in Pakistan still face numerous problems especially in terms of marriage. Girls are often not given the right to choose their life partners and later when they are married, they are usually victims of domestic violence. Although most women in Pakistan accept a forced marriage as their fate, and quietly sign the marriage certificate, many women stand up for their rights and refuse to do so. The video shows the fate such women face; they are brutally beaten and threatened till they succumb to the wishes of those ...

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“My family thinks I’m disgusting”

Transgenders are often forced to live under miserable conditions in Pakistan. Society does not accept them and they live as outcasts who are discriminated against in every field of life. This treatment extends not only to strangers but the family of transgenders too, who disown them and may even beat them till they are forced to leave their homes.  In this video we learn of the humiliation they are regularly made to suffer. People not only mock and ridicule them, they do not allow transgenders to study alongside them in school. Many eunuchs are, thus, forced to live a life of begging, ...

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2005 Earthquake: Voice of Allai

On October 8 2005, a massive earthquake of magnitude 7.6 stuck Pakistan. It affected 3.5 million people and killed 87,000. Allai was one of the most affected areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, with over 2,188 people dead and 256 injured. In 2007, the partnership of the recovery program for the development of Allai was initiated by Save the Children, Sungi Foundation, Church World Service and the Interactive Resource Centre. Save the Children has constructed 15 schools, it has trained teachers, and is working to improve standards of health and nutrition. Thirty-eight thousand people now have access to clean water in Allai thanks to their ...

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Video blog: Are you afraid of dengue?

The dengue virus scare has taken top become priority for many across Punjab. With constant warnings to take precautions  across the media there has been widespread panic and people – even those with a mild fever believe they have contracted the dreaded dengue fever. This video features interviews with doctors, patients and pharmacists to get a few facts on the virus. In the video an expert describes dengue as a Flvivirus, which has six antigens. He states that currently, there are 4 antigens in Pakistan, and  a vaccination is not present yet as this virus has too many types.  He goes on ...

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Video Blog: No one cares about the floods

The people of Sindh have lost their homes and have been forced to live in make shift houses made out of pieces of wood and whatever clothes they could salvage from their ravaged belongings. They don’t have food to feed themselves, and clean water is a mere dream to them. Their livestock is dying because there is nothing to feed them. The floods have washed away their crops, and with that, their sole means of survival. In addition to this, these people have been beaten by their landlords for having moved to a safer place, away from the inundated lands. They ...

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Video Blog: Of human bondage

This documentary is about a women named Hina. She tells the sad tale of her life in Khanewal, where she has been working at a brick kiln since childhood. She, and many others like her, have been accused of stealing and prostitution. They have been imprisoned, sexually harassed and beaten within an inch of their lives. Yet, they continue to work at the brick kiln since it is their only means of feeding their children and putting clothing on their backs. The men who work at this kiln are separated from the women. The women are raped by the owners, who make videos of ...

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