IDPs – UNITED SIKHS Blog Recognize The Human Race As One Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Humanitarian Response Highlights/Key Priorities-Pakistan Wed, 02 Sep 2009 05:40:33 +0000 humanitarianhubsanddistribpoints-pak1st Sep 2009, Peshawar: Jean-Maurice Ripert of France has been appointed Special UN Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan

UN completed a high-level mission to Mingora in Swat District to assess the prevailing humanitarian situation

All 4,830 schools occupied by IDPs have been vacated and rehabilitation of schools has started

Situation Overview: According to the government, as of 24th August over 233,450 families of the 329,000 families registered and verified by the North West Frontier Province (NWFP)  Government as Internally Displaced People (IDPs), have returned to their places of origin.  The districts to which the people have returned are: Nowshera, Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Swabi. The above is again based on the reports from the UN.  Many of the IDPs still haven’t received the IDP status as they have been living with their friends and families.  The Sikhs who came from Khuram Agency and Orakzai Agency fall in this category.

Number of camps closed : 13
Camps still open: 17 (across the NWFP)

Updates from Swat and Buner: Humanitarian actors, mainly NGOs, INGOs and the Red Cross/Red crescent are operating in the District. With the increasing humanitarian presence, a coordination mechanism will have to be established in consultation with the District Authorities, which is the focus right now. The immediate priorities for the people in the Swat and Buner district are:
1) Food Security
2) Livelihood Recovery
3) Health
4) Education
5) Restoration of water supply schemes

More updates to flow from Buner region in the upcoming days.

Security:  The security situation in the NWFP region remains vulnerable and unpredictable.

Amardeep Singh
UNITED SIKHS Humanitarian Aid Coordinator -Peshawar

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Conditions at the Camps in Pakistan Fri, 03 Jul 2009 08:08:46 +0000 Camp Close shot

Camp Close shot

26th June 2009, Islamabad:  Conditions at the camp are detoriating because of the change in weather and the coming in of the monsoons. There is an increase in the cases of snake and scorpion bites.  Visiting the camp sites with the team of local doctors from NATPOW, the cases reported indicate an increase in people requesting for medicines suffering from scabies, malaria, insect bites, diarrhoea. The possibilies of an epedemic is imminent. The officials at the camp have said that water-logged camps would not get flooeded with water.  The situation is aggravated by the fact that there are insufficient female doctors to treat children and women, who refuse to be attended to by men.  The chaos of the early days has begun to dissipate and better facilities have been organized. The efforts of philanthropists who continue to offer up help in terms of food and other supplies to the IDPs are also quite remarkable.

The cluster for nutrition setup by UNICEF is meeting on Tuesday 7th July in Islamabad to discuss the precautions to be taken by NGOs to better tackle the current building scenario.


Sundeep Singh
27th June 2009
SikhAid Camp-Islamabad