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After Floods, Pakistan Celebrates Eid in Tents

Joyous holiday not so festive for millions of victims
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2010 12:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Millions of Pakistani flood victims celebrated Islam's most joyous festival in donated tents and makeshift shelters on Saturday as the country's leaders, criticized for an inadequate response to the disaster, pledged 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. "We don't have the happiness of Eid. What is the happiness?" said Amana Bibi, 25. "We don't have homes." (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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