Little girls battling to get an education in the midst of schools being blown up and floods destroying reconstruction efforts in Swat valley of Pakistan.
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I had covered the tsunami and the Kashmir quake for Channel 4 News and as a correspondent, both events were apocalyptic tragedies to report. I have a deep dislike of the idea of comparing natural disasters as though to rank one as “worse” than another. When you witness at first hand the human misery unleashed by these Acts of God, such comparisons seem crass and devoid of compassion.
But as I travelled through Pakistan, from the storm-lashed remote northern valleys of Swat to the vast inland sea that the Indus River had become in the south – through the malarial swamps where rural villages had once stood in between – the point of the UN’s comparison became startlingly clear to me.