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North Waziristan Relief Operation

North Waziristan Relief Operation

Pakistan 'unprepared' for refugees fleeing operation against Taliban

Almost half a million have fled planned army action in North Waziristan, with displaced and others accusing government over the poorly provisioned relief effort. About 466,000 people have poured out of the tribal agency bordering Afghanistan following a long-awaited effort to stamp out the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups who have made the region their home. There was little infrastructure awaiting the internally displaced people (IDPs) who continue to enter Bannu, a district among one of Pakistan's least developed. Soldiers have fired live rounds to deter furious crowds of IDPs, who complain there is no shelter, not enough to eat and that they have been barred from moving to other areas of Pakistan. Ghani Rahman, waiting at an aid distribution point in Bannu, said the government had offered nothing.

Raising money to support IDP's

We counted 4000 displaced people within a 2 KM radius living with host communities at 150 sites. There are 2300 children, 1100 women and 600 men among them. Their immediate needs are fulfilled by the spontaneous support of the host families and some cash from a government grant and food packages by Umma Welfare Trust. The needs mentioned by the displaced families were quite diverse but the three things which have come on top of the list were; clothes, sewing machines with stitching kits and cooking utensils along with water storage coolers.The rough estimates to cater for these three things for the 4000 population will be approximately Rs. 4 million (24242 GBP) for 4000 people which makes it Rs. 1000 (6 GBP) per person. Please show your support by donating on our My Donate page.

 

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