Displaced in Pakistan

I’m sure a lot of you have been reading about the current state of Pakistan’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) issue.

Hundreds of internally displaced families are pouring into Islamabad & Rawalpindi from Buner and adjacent areas and are desperate for assistance. We must as a nation take responsibility and find the time to help our fellow Pakistanis. They would greatly appreciate it if you could possibly donate flour, sugar, rice, tea, dry milk, lentils, cooking oil etc.

For donations & more information on how you can help, please call Iqbal Bali at +923235343262 or Fauzia Minallah at +923065049852. Thanks.

A February peace pact aimed at ending Taliban violence in Swat, Pakistan, has collapsed and thousands of people have fled from Mingora, the region’s main town.” – Reuters.

NS, a friend of mine just sent me some of the pictures that Reuters has posted on their website.

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A girl from the Bajaur tribal region is seen at a relief camp on the outskirts of Peshawar October 5, 2008.
REUTERS/Ali Imam

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An internally displaced man, fleeing military operations in Buner, sits in a UNHCR camp in Mardan, about 100 km (60 miles) north west of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad May 6, 2009.
REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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A displaced woman wearing a burqa waits in line at a repatriation centre in Peshawar, located in the North West Frontier Province on April 30, 2009.
REUTERS/Adrees Latif

You can read more on the IDP situation @ http://changinguppakistan.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/the-status-of-pakistans-idps/

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10 comments

  1. Very powerful pictures.

  2. I was mesmerized by the picture of the little girl.

  3. Thank you for the details. Will be contacting them and have sent a text message to my dad as well to contact them.

  4. John L · · Reply

    I cant stop staring at these pics. I cannot imagine what they are going through rite now. Thank you for putting up contact information for people to contact. For those in Pak; contact them and do your bit.

  5. Zardari has focused on important issues like fighting the Taliban in the US but why not touch upon these people as well? What is the government doing to help?

  6. Thanks for the shout-out to my blog, Oms. Appreciate it. This is a very serious topic and I hope we all do our part to raise awareness and draw attention to the plight of these people.

  7. Thanks for the donation links. Omar, please post it on your fb page as well – more awareness is always better.

  8. My Khala (Mom’s sister), has been researching on this issue for the past few weeks and has arranged for 2 trucks to leave Lahore at the end of next week. One truck is going to filled up with water supply and the other will have bedding & especially utensils. A lot of the families have fled into Mardan and since my Khala’s close friends live in Mardan, she has arranged for the two trucks to leave Lahore and head to Mardan at the end of next week.
    (By utensils, she means a set of four plates, one praat, one pot, one ladle, and one bucket and another set of two sheets and one pillow as well. The government is already providing a lot of food so she will not be arranging rice, lentils, and other food for them at the moment as it seems to be under control.)

    If you are currently in Lahore and would like donate money or supplies to fill up the trucks, she has requested for you to please contact me as soon as possible so I can put you in touch with her. My e-mail address is omarulhaq@gmail.com.

    PS: If you know of any Lahoris who might be interested in helping out … please pass on this link to them as well.

  9. I have just gotten 2 e-mails from those who would like to help in the above-mentioned request. Any others? Please contact me. Thanks.

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