Seven-year-old Saad Umer joined a crowd in a poor neighbourhood in the Pakistani city of Karachi rushing to get a handout of flour and a little cash from a charity trying to help the most vulnerable cope with runaway prices.
But in the surge, a melee broke out and some people fell.
Saad and 10 others, all women and children, were killed in the latest in a series of deadly scrambles for food as Pakistan struggles with its most serious economic crisis in years.
He was a beautiful kid. I’ll never get over his death as long as I live,” his father, Umer Zada, told Reuters.
Zada said the distribution of aid should have been better organised, with police supervision of the hungry and desperate seeking help.
“There were no rules or regulations as my son got trampled.”
Last week, in another incident, police fired tear gas in a bid to control a frenzied crowd trying to get their hands on food supplies at a site in Kyber Paktunkwa PROVINCE