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Pakistani earthquake refugees
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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The first thing that struck me as I walked through the refugee camps set up for the survivors of the earthquake...
A young mother, who lost her husband and two children, wished out aloud "Why did you spare me God? Take me away.... I don't want to live in this world" Her other two children, aged five and seven watched helplessly.
Death lingered in the air. As people ran for safety, first came the rain, then the tremors, more tremors, more lives lost, more loved ones to mourn.

The first thing that struck me as I walked through the refugee camps set up for the survivors of the earthquake was the look on the face of women. In this remote part of Pakistan, women rely heavily on their fathers, brothers and husbands for money, food, daily necessities. The earthquake shook their support system leaving thousands of them orphans or widowed. They seemed lost.

I wanted to capture their difficult life in the refugee camps. They coped with the situation as best as they could, but life was taking a toll on them and their will to live was slowly weakening.
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