A year later, many of Pakistan’s poorest flood victims refuse to return home

July 13, 2011

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The time to plant new crops is now, but many of the 10 million displaced by last year’s floods refuse to return to their land.

One year after massive floods engulfed Pakistan and displaced 10 million people, many haris, or sharecroppers, face a difficult decision. Do they return home, where huge debts and impatient zamindars, or landlords, await? Or do they default on their debts and remain in refugee camps, where living conditions are miserable and aid agencies are packing up?

Christian Parenti, whose article "Pakistan One Year After the Floods" appears in the latest edition of The Nation magazine, joins us to discuss the collision between natural disaster and social inequality in Pakistan.


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