Maqsuda’s husband, Wahab, 32, is an agricultural laborer and fisherman. He is suffering from a hernia. The couple have two daughters; Jannatul Ferdaus, who is seven-years-old, and Afroza, who is four-years-old.
On the night Cyclone Sidr hit (November 15 2007), Maqsuda, Wahab and the children were at home, cheerfully oblivious to the imminent devastation. Their house is on the other side of a dam which protected them from the tidal wave, but when the wind started blowing at around 240-260 km an hour a tree fell and the roof collapsed.
Luckily the family managed to escape, taking temporary shelter in Wahab’s grandmother’s house.
Wahab injured his right hand during their flight. Their house was totally destroyed; only the foundations remain.
Maqsuda and Wahab had received no help since their home was destroyed. They were in desperate need of food as Wahab has been ill and unable to work since the cyclone. The food pack IR provided them with will enable them to eat three meals a day for around 15-20 days. Maqsuda was very pleased with our help, saying: “Islamic Relief ke Dhonnobad” (Thanks to Islamic Relief).
The house needs to be repaired as soon as possible. The family is currently staying with relatives, but it is not possible for them to stay there much longer.
They urgently need money in order to carry out the repairs and to continue Wahab’s medical treatment.