Only three toilets for 5,000 people

Lack of toilets is a major problem for flood survivors housed in camps.

Kiran Naz September 06, 2010

KARACHI: Lack of toilets is a major problem for flood survivors housed in camps.

There are around 5,000 people living in the relief camp at Musharf Colony and only three of the eight bathrooms made for the camp residents are in working condition.

Khalida, a survivor from Shahdadkot at the camp, said that women at these camps are feeling helpless. Many of them observe purdah and find it very inconvenient to walk a long distance to use a public toilet.

“There is no water, everything is so dirty,” Khalida said with disgust, “We have our children with us and it is very hard to use the bathroom.”

“They need to build more toilets,” she added.

The bathrooms are located quite far from the camps. There are no separate arrangements for women and everyone uses the same toilets, which is a source of great discomfort for the women.

Several of the female flood survivors complained that they wait till sundown to go to the bathroom because they feel too exposed in such public arrangements. Many of us have to find another woman to go with us because we don’t feel safe going on our own, they said.

“There is not a proper bathroom or a place to wash clothes... there’s not even water,” complained Hanifa Bibi.

According to another IDP at the camp, Fatima, even those three bathrooms that are functioning don’t always have water. “The concept of a sweeper or cleaner does not even exist,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2010.


Teion G. Williams | 10 years ago | Reply This is really sad, and soon they will be forgotten and that's the sadder part about it. Just like Haiti has been forgotten by the majority...and so the world turns
romeasha brewington | 10 years ago | Reply It's very sad that after over coming the struggle of human nature, you have face the ones placed upon you by mankind. Even though it's not easy to help it's not hard either. Not having clean bathrooms for the men and women that was involved in this catastrophy is not ethnical. It's chaotic and disrespectful for the women to be stripped of their moral belief of not exposing their body to filth. Society is becoming more disrespectful to the people that live in it and that's disgusting.
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