We will never give up
Victims of terrorism
Copyright © by Marco Bottelli
- 2010 -
During the last year Pakistan has registered an increase of poor families who committed collective suicide. The lack of any support from the government makes daily life of poor people so hard and most of them live with less than two USD per day. Khalida Bibi lives in Rawalpindi with her husband and four children. She lost her business as a fruit vendor after sustaining knee injuries. Her husband Muhammad Younis Bhatti, a labourer in the Punjab Highway Department, was paralysed after an accident while he has working and now is on bed. He has 28 USD a month as a pension.
Their four children include Kashif, who is not only mentally handicapped but also unable to move his limbs. The disable child is completely dependent on his parents, brother and sisters to have food and other needs. Khalida has also received a letter from the government mentioning the family should vacate state-owned house in 2 years or state will displace them from the house forcefully. Muhammad Younis tried to commit suicide three to four times.
The family contacted a newspaper to denounce their situation and claim some financial help from anyone. After that the local community started to help them with some money.