HYDERABAD: Not long ago, a down-on-their-luck couple from Badin district of Sindh, struggling with unceasing poverty, unemployment and starvation, committed suicide. The couple is survived by six children. This report was barely covered by the media due to the fact that lives of the poor are, sadly, considered not too important in our country, whereas the lives of the rich garner more attention.
Ironically, Badin is one of the richest districts of Sindh; it is fertile and suitable for growing rice, tomatoes, sugar cane and other crops. However, the poor people of Badin often sleep with empty stomachs, having little to no food at their disposal. This region is also bestowed with plenty of natural resources and approximately 9,541 barrels of oil and 225 MMcf per day of gas are pumped from this region. The area has coal reserves of 1.358 billion metric tonnes, yet the poor there are dying of hunger and thirst.
There may be hundreds of similar suicide cases that go unreported. After the recent suicide of the couple, who will shelter their six orphaned children? It is requested that the authorities concerned, the government and non-governmental organisations, come to the rescue of these six children.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2015.