Sharmila Farooqi slams Pakistani actors for not supporting flood victims
People’s Party leader Sharmila Farooqui. – Twitter/File
People’s Party leader Sharmila Farooqui has criticized Pakistani actors for not visiting the flood-affected areas and expressing solidarity with the victims of the climate disaster.
“None of them (Pakistani stars) even bothered to visit any flood-affected area or show solidarity in cash or kind except for Hadiqa Kayani,” Farooqui said in an Instagram post. He added that it is the complete opposite of Hollywood. Actress Angelia Jolie visited the flood affected areas.
Jolie, who is the Special Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, visited people displaced by the floods with the international aid organization IRC to raise awareness of the problems faced by people in the country. Including some of the worst victims. Areas of Sindh
The politician said that despite the disaster in the country, Pakistani actors are abroad for the awards ceremony.
Farooqui said that while she “really” believed in cultural activities, award shows, performances and promoting local talent, artists and actors, it would have been better if they had cooperated.
“It would have been a great help if all of them reached their countrymen who have lost their homes, lives and livelihoods in the devastating floods,” he said.
Farooqi said there is a time for everything: to celebrate and to mourn. “There is a humanitarian crisis in our country, it’s time to stand with them, stand with them, support them and love them.”
Screen grab of PPP leader Sharmila Farooqui’s post. — Instagram/Sharmila Farooqui
The PPP leader said that every Pakistani has a responsibility towards the nation and its people who have given so much to them.
“It’s time to come back.”
Millions of people displaced by floods are living in the open. Floodwaters spread over hundreds of kilometers can take two to six months to recede.
Already they have caused widespread cases of skin and eye infections, diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid and dengue fever.
Officials and aid workers have said more immediate help is needed for displaced families who are vulnerable to mosquito and other hazards, such as snake and dog bites.
Despite the efforts of the government and local and foreign aid organizations, many people are in dire need of food, shelter, medical aid and medicine.
A historic and intense monsoon rained nearly three times Pakistan’s three-decade average. Combined with glacial melt, this led to unprecedented flooding.
Floods caused by climate change have affected about 33 million people in the South Asian country of 220 million, scientists say. It has caused $30 billion worth of damage to homes, crops, bridges, roads and livestock.
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