Help families in Pakistan to survive a deadly hunger crisis
In Pakistan, the climate crisis is a hunger crisis. With temperatures rising steadily for over 30 years, erratic weather patterns and an increasing frequency of droughts and floods have contributed to rising levels of food insecurity. Right now, children are being pushed to the brink of deadly hunger.
In Sindh province, catastrophic droughts which are more frequent and more severe, seem to last forever. As a result, an estimated three million people face a daily struggle to find enough food. Many rural households in this area rely on daily wage farm labouring. When drought strikes, harvest fail. And failed harvests mean no crops – and no work for farm labourers. With no income, families are left with nothing. And it is children who are most vulnerable.
According to the UN, 29% of children under the age of five in Sindh are dangerously malnourished – that’s almost double the number considered a critical emergency.
Subbi and Wazeeran
Subbi is a 35 year old mother who lives with her husband and five children in Sindh province. With no land of her own, she is a daily farm labourer, and is dependent on harvesting work to support her five children. But when the rains fail to come, and the land is parched and dying, there are simply no harvests and no work. And when there’s no work, Subbi has nothing to feed her children. Subbi regularly goes without eating to give her children what little she has. But this still wasn’t enough to stop her three-year-old daughter Wazeeran becoming critically ill with malnutrition.
All we have is water and chillies
More families need your help
Thankfully we were able to help Wazeeran, but this is the horrific reality for so many more families like Subbi’s, who are being pushed to the brink of survival. They urgently need help to survive this deadly hunger crisis.
Our teams in Pakistan are on the ground delivering emergency support. By donating today, you can help us to reach more families. You can provide the emergency therapeutic food that will save the lives of children like Wazeeran. And you can provide cash transfers so that families like Subbi's can buy the food they need to survive.