|United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis|
NEW YORK, June 27 (APP): A US‑based international organization, United Sikh, has issued an urgent appeal for donations to provide humanitarian relief to Pakistani internally displaced persons from Swat and other adjacent valleys. “United Sikhs needs to raise $117,514 USD to provide immediate humanitarian relief to IDPs from the Swat Valley who are living in poor conditions. We request the public to donate generously to provide the most vulnerable children and women IDPs with immediate life‑saving humanitarian and advocacy support,” Kuldip Singh, President of the US organization said Saturday.
The organization said the IDPs in the 19 camps and at the Sikh shrine, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Abdal, are in urgent need of help for better food, medical care and protection from the sweltering heat.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that over 2.5 million people are displaced by the anti‑Taliban offensive, which has stretched the much needed humanitarian resources in Pakistan, the organization said.
An aid team surveyed the immediate needs of the Pakistan IDPs and identified urgent requirements at the 19 IDP camps and the Gurdwara IDP sites at Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal and Baba Joga Singh Gurdwara in Peshawar.