A wave of migration has been reported from Lyari to the coastal areas of Badin and Thatta districts after recent conflicts in Lyari.
At least 30,000 people from Soomra, Hingora, Rahimoon, Sanghar, Udheja, Mandra and Bhatti communities have moved from Old and New Kalri, Agra Colony, Bihar colony, Alfalha Road and Hingorabad areas of Lyari. The affected people are saying that they were targeted by rival ethnic elements and their houses and shops were being looted so they have decided to move.
The process of migration can result in burdening the already insufficient resources of the rural areas of Badin and Thatta. A Badin resident, Haji Soomro, said that he is trying to approach district administration to declare residents as internally displaced persons (IDPs). Currently, some are either staying at their relatives houses or at the religious congregation sites.
In Thatta, several families of Katchi communities belonging to Kalri, Agra Taj and Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai road areas are now living in Dhabeji, Gharo and Mirpur Sakiro areas. Sattar Mandhro, a resident of Thatta told The Express Tribune, “Migration on this scale was last seen in 1971, right now locals are giving food to the settlers but soon there is going to be a food shortage.” Many of the immigrants are trying to find places to rent as they are trying to settle in Thatta and Badin whereas there are many hoping to return to a peaceful Lyari.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2013.
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