Helping Children Recover From the Trauma of Pakistan Floods

October 4, 2022


Eight-year-old Daniyal's family lost everything when floodwaters swept through their village in Pakistan's Balochistan Province. He and his younger brother, Hakim, are still terrified by the memory.


“There was a lot of water, and everyone had to pack up and leave," says Daniyal. "We borrowed a tent from a neighboring community, put it outside our home and put all our important things inside, including my school bag. We spent a few days on the road before we could return home. When we came back, we saw that our house had fallen, and the water took away the tent, with everything in it, including my bag."


The only thing left was Daniyal's bicycle, tied tightly to a tree. “We have nothing now, except a borrowed charpoy [bed], that we put outside our house," he says. "That’s where we live now." 


Protecting the mental health of children devastated by Pakistan's historic flooding is a UNICEF priority


Across Pakistan, families are struggling to survive, surrounded by devastation. Large parts of eastern Balochistan and Sindh provinces remain underwater. Homes, schools, water systems, public health facilities and roads have been damaged or destroyed, leaving children traumatized and cut off from the lives they once knew. 


In all four provinces, UNICEF is scaling up lifesaving humanitarian assistance for families affected by the floods, leading response efforts in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition, child protection and education.




Top photo: Brothers Hakim, 6, and Daniyal, 8, return home after attending school at a UNICEF-supported temporary learning center in flood-damaged Alla Dina Chinna village, in Balochistan's Lasbela District, on Sept. 7, 2022. Pakistan's historic floods have left 3.4 million children in need of assistance. © UNICEF/UN0701854/Zaid. Video edited by Tong Su for UNICEF USA.