Today is World Refugee Day and I’m using this post to once more show a few of my images of the people I met during my travels in Pakistan who lost everything because of the flood that caused immense destruction across Pakistan in 2010.
It’s still mind boggling to me that over 20 million people were affected in this one particular disaster and over 10 million people displaced and thus internally displaced refugees. That is a little less then the entire population of my country Belgium.
And even though the focus of this year’s World Refugee Day is on war affected refugees, I’d like to point out that climate affected refugees like the ones I photographed in Pakistan will only be further on the rise in the near future.
In an article in today’s newspaper De Standaard, I read that climate related disasters will be on a considerable rise towards 2030. Inhabitants of Bangkok could permanently have their feet in water with the rising water levels. Large parts of India will then be subject to extreme drought which is as big of a concern for large parts of Africa. 40% of the soil now used for the cultivation of corn will be considered infertile. The list goes on and on and we need to really start thinking about how we live. About how we consume our food, products, energy, … We all are responsible and it’s not a far from my backyard story , so we really need to start acting now.