Present estimates indicate that over two thousand people have died and over a million homes have been destroyed since the flooding began. The United Nations estimates that more than 21 million people are injured or homeless as a result of the flooding, exceeding the combined total of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Aymen Zaheer, a young poet, has written a poem “Call to a Nation” which depicts the voice of an old farmer who is affected by the flood in Pakistan.
The farmer’s family was displaced by floods; they sit on a makeshift ground, as they just want to take shelter and take care of their children.
The poem is dedicated to millions of people such as this farmer who were affected by the horrible disaster in Pakistan, when the sky opened up and the monsoon rains flooded over one fifth of the country. They are displaced, disturbed, underfed, and are now in a state of trauma – Looking for help from his nation.