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Pakistan victims celebrate Eid

Millions of Pakistani flood victims are celebrating Islam's important festival of Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan month of fasting, in donated tents and makeshift shelters as the country's leaders - criticised for an inadequate response to the disaster - pledge more aid.

The water has receded in many places, but remains head-high in others, forcing victims to stay outside their villages in camps or alone on roadsides.

Girls gathered at one camp near a power plant in the city of Muzaffargarh, sitting on a rug unfurled on the ground near the road as aid workers decorated their hands with intricate henna designs.

Their mothers, hovering behind, said even this small pleasure would soon be gone.


From Belfast Telegraph