Recently in Pakistan, hundreds of women streamed into Attock without ears or mouths. These women were not disfigured in the literal sense, but as a result of being forced from their homes by the disastrous August floods, they have been stripped of their communicative abilities. They are illiterate, unable to speak Urdu, the dominant language in Attock, and had to flee their homes empty-handed, all their possessions having been lost in the waters. 75 families came to Attock when their own villages were decimated in the flood: across Pakistan the number of refugees becomes exponentially bigger. Now these women and their families have settled in Attock and are trying their best to adjust to their new community
Barakat Pakistan has been on tirelessly working towards settling the refugee families, distributing cash stipends for housing and placing their children in school. Since the immediate problems of settling the refugees have been taken care of, Barakat is trying to find jobs for refugee parents so that they can continue to rebuild their lives. Thanks to a grant of $25,000 from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Barakat has been able to assemble a Livelihood Generation Program for refugees in Attock. This program designates a Livelihood Coordinator to oversee job placement for refugees and see that they continue to have work to support their families.