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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:54 PM
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18 women die during stampede for free flour


KARACHI, Pakistan -- At least 18 women and girls died when a crowd waiting for handouts of flour swelled and panicked in an impoverished city in southern Pakistan, officials said.

The stampede in Karachi came during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a traditional time for charitable acts including giving away food. At times, however, the giveaways have turned rowdy and dangerous.

Monday's stampede occurred in a small building with narrow passages. As more women entered to get the flour, some panicked and guards used strong-arm tactics to clear the building, officials and witnesses said.

Karachi police chief Wasim Ahmad said at least 18 women and girls died in the ensuing rush. Mohammad Amin Khan of Karachi Civil Hospital said some of the women had suffocated and that there were at least 20 bodies.

"Hundreds of women were pushing to enter into the small hall, and guards started beating us to get the place cleared," said 30-year-old Kulsoom, who gave only one name and ended up among the many wounded. "I fell down and was being crushed. My heart was missing beats, and I thought I was dying."


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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:07 PM
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1. kick
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:10 PM
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2. Thanks for the reminder of what's going on, Charles.
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obliviously Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:52 AM
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3. Free flour! Where.
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:56 AM
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4. As the world population
continues to rise, and the food supply continues to dwindle, thanks to global climate change, scenes like this, which are all to common events in places like Pakistan, may be seen a lot closer to home. A LOT CLOSER! Food for thought.
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