Pakistanis share Eid festivities with flood victims

11:31, September 12, 2010      

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Pakistani flood-affected people pray at a mosque in northwest Pakistan's Nowshera, Sept. 11, 2010. Pakistani Muslim celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a three-day-long festival marking the end of Ramadan, the fasting month in the Islamic calendar on Saturday. (Xinhua/Saeed Ahmad)
There could be nothing more thrilling for children than the joy of collecting "Eidee," the small cash that elders give to juniors on Eid. However, the plight of flood victims in Pakistan compelled Mustafa to generously donate his entire piggy tin box to flood relief funds.

"I am fortunate to have new clothes, shoes and food, but it's terrible that floods deprived many children of Eid joys," Mustafa, 9, told Xinhua on Saturday, the festive Eid day marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Pakistan.

"I think those (flooded) children need this money more," said Mustafa when handing over his money box to his father.

Mustafa is not alone in expressing this sentiment. The entire nation is celebrating the Eid with simplicity and determination to help the 10 million unfortunate that were rendered homeless by floods.

Cutting short their usual elevated Eid shopping budgets, billions of rupees donations have been collected by the government, NGOs, civil society organizations and students in Eid fund raising campaigns.

Pakistani leaders reminded the nation not to forget the flood victims on Eid. "We can't celebrate the day with traditional fanfare and festivities when millions of our countrymen have been rendered shelter-less as villages, towns and cities have been destroyed by floods," President Asif Ali Zardari said in his Eid message.

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