Thursday 27 April 2017

Louise Hogan: How flood survivors fell victim to the slave trade

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

LITTLE Sapana Sajida harbours dreams of becoming a teacher. Yet, the likelihood is the slight-framed 12-year-old will spend the rest of her life working the land as a 'bonded labourer' to pay off a loan her family took out following the worst flooding in living memory in Pakistan.

Her father was one of the many victims of the monsoon floods which sent the murky waters of the River Indus raging through millions of homes and razing entire villages to the ground.

"My father died in the camp from jaundice after the flood," Sapana explained, as she stood barefooted on the sun-baked ground where the family set up temporary home like thousands of others on the outskirts of Hyderabad city in the stricken Sindh district in the south.

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