“When the earthquake jolted the area it was so powerful that my brother and I got scared and had no idea what to do. Our house collapsed in front of my eyes, it was total chaos, I could hear women and children crying and shouting for help.
My family and I had no place to go, we spent the whole night in a nearby field with no shelter except just one sheet, under which we spent the whole night.”
Uzma’s family received food, blankets and a tent from Islamic Relief. A few weeks later, they received a more comfortable shelter that would protect them
from the cold.
Since the earthquake, the residents of Uzma’s village have been struggling to make a living.
“There is extreme poverty in my village,” she said. “My father is paralyzed which makes it impossible for him to work, and my brother had to drop out of school and start working as a labourer.”
Since the earthquake, Islamic Relief has provided the women in Uzma’s community organisation with training in tailoring and farming so that they can start earning their livelihoods once again.