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Passion Islam I June 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 13
UN launches $543 million appeal
for Pakistan’s displaced persons
The United Nations and its partners for the rest of the 2009, says a families need access to primary
launched $543 million appeal in statement issued by United Nations and emergency medical care, as
humanitarian aid for Pakistan’s Information Center Islamabad. well as clean water and sanitation
Internally Displaced Persons due to It said that fleeing from intensified to prevent the spread of disease.
fighting in the country’s northwest. insecurity in Pakistan’s northwest In addition, the overstretched
Pakistani officials say that clashes provinces, some 1.7 million displaced resources of host communities need
between the security forces and people have been registered since to be supplemented to provide for the
Taliban militants have displaced early May and are now either living in families they are supporting.
around 1.9 million people in Swat relief camps or with host families. “The scale of this displacement
valley and Malakand. Traumatized by their journey, is extraordinary in terms of size and
A total of 165 projects presented and leaving with virtually nothing, speed, and has caused incredible
by 52 UN agencies, national and these vulnerable men, women, and suffering,” notes the acting UN
international NGO partners require children are in urgent need of food Humanitarian Coordinator, Martin
around $543. rations, safe water supply, medical Mogwanja.
With $88 already provided assistance and shelter from soaring “We are calling for generous
or committed, the humanitarian temperatures. support from the international
community is calling for the remaining Displaced children need to be community, in addition to the
US $454 to be contributed urgently, able to continue schooling, mothers assistance being provided by both
to fund the assistance needed by the and babies need special health and ordinary families and the national
most vulnerable and worst affected nutrition assistance, and all displaced authorities.”
Latest reports say over 550,000 extremely poor conditions. The had set up relief camps at a number
people have now fled their homes refugees are facing a shortage of of locations to provide help and
due to the military operation in essential food items, clean drinking support to the people most affected.
the NWFP region. As many as 1.3 water and medicines. Women and Transportation has been arranged to
Million people may be affected. The children are crying due to the food help the victims flee the conflict and
situation is extremely hazardous due shortage and transportation is settle within the camps. Many families
to continuous bombing and shelling. insufficient to ferry the injured people are currently fully dependant on UWT
A large number of people have to the hospitals. Aid.
sustained serious injuries. Ummah Welfare Trust (Charity UWT has launched an emergency
UN High Commissioner for Reg. 1000851) has been responding appeal to aid the victims of this
Refugees Antonio Guterres said: to the emergency crisis. Over catastrophe. Emergency food
“This is a huge and rapidly unfolding £100,000 has already been spent packages have started to be delivered
emergency which is going to require on emergency food aid, shelter and to each family at a cost of £100 per
considerable resources beyond those medical clinics. A further £1 Million family. The running of each medical
that currently exist in the region.” has been allocated from the charity clinic is costing £250 per day.
A large number of women have reserves towards assisting the
become widows and may children displaced refugees.
You can donate online:
have been orphaned. Thousands Muhammad Idrees, the chairman or ring: 0800 4
of displaced people are living in of the trust, told reporters that they
0800 11 / 01274 390396
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