Congressman Sherman writes to Secretary Clinton on Unique Challenges Faced by the Sindh Province
by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
Thanks to the efforts by Sindhi-American Political Action Committee (SAPAC), last week Congressman Brad Sherman wrote a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on the unique challenges faced by flood victims in Sindh. Following are the excerpts :
” …… However, I remain concerned that U.S. assistance will not reach those who need it most. Reports of corruption arose in the aftermath of 2005 earthquake in Kashmir. Many survivors continued to await internationally-funded Pakistani assistance to rebuild their homes more than one year after the earthquake. We must ensure that all assistance reaches those most severely impacted by this disaster in as timely and efficient manner as possible.”
“The widespread devastation wrought by this disaster cannot be overstated. Further, the populations impacted are spread throughout multiple provinces, including the Sindh, the Punjab, and Balochistan. On August 10th, estimates from the Sindh alone included almost 1.4 million people and 2,534 villages affected by the floods. As of August 17, one week later, 176,000 homeless families in the Sindh had yet to receive temporary shelter materials. Over this past year, through communications with the Sindhi-American community, I have learned of the unique challenges faced by the Sindh. The flooding was further exacerbated these challenges. I urge you to ensure that U.S. efforts reach all affected Pakistanis and particularly those in the Sindh.
Please join me in thanking the leaders of SAPAC for their efforts to get the concerns of Sindhi flood victims to be visible to the highest leadership of the United States.