Conflict in Pakistan

A girl holds her sibling at a UNHCR camp near Islamabad. Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif. Courtesy: alertnet.org
A girl holds her sibling at a UNHCR camp
near Islamabad.

Nearly a year since more than three million people were left homeless by military operations in north-west Pakistan, the crisis is far from over.

More than 1.3 million people are still living in camps and need emergency aid to survive. Relief efforts continue to be severely hampered by a lack of funds. People continue to need food, shelter, water, and sanitation and health facilities. Without these, they are vulnerable to the outbreak of diseases including diarrhoea, malaria and skin diseases.

Oxfam is there

Oxfam has been carrying out an emergency response since the beginning of the crisis, and is currently providing support to around 520,000 displaced women, men and children in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

We are providing clean water, sanitation and shelter to affected communities, camps and schools. Our staff have installed latrines and demonstrated how to use them and keep them clean.

Families are also receiving hygiene and household items including cooking pots and utensils, buckets, water coolers and soap.

To address the urgent need for safe drinking water we have been installing hand pumps and rehabilitating shallow wells and boreholes. We have also built safe and hygienic bathing areas and latrines in camps. In the host families, we have been providing construction material and technical support so that families can build their own latrines.

Oxfam is also supporting 27,600 returning families to rebuild their lives, such as providing seeds, fertilisers and agricultural tools for farmers. We are also carrying out livestock distributions and have been running cash transfer programmes through special cash-for-work projects and cash grants.

We continue to call on all sides in the conflict to take special care to avoid harming civilians, and to allow humanitarian workers safe access to help people affected by the conflict wherever they are.

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Pakistan: lack of funding threatens aid to millions of people

April 21, 2010

Nearly a year since more than three million people were displaced by military operations in north-west Pakistan, the crisis is far from over. More than 1.3 million people are displaced, dependant on emergency relief to survive, yet funding for the emergency response is drying up.

Pakistan: Three months after clashes began, Oxfam International emphasizes need for voluntary and safe returns of displaced people

July 28, 2009

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Oxfam New Zealand launches Pakistan emergency appeal

May 20, 2009

Oxfam New Zealand has today launched a Pakistan emergency appeal, calling on the New Zealand public to respond generously and help raise $150,000 for its humanitarian programme to help people who have escaped the recent fighting in Pakistan.

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15 May 2009

By Jonaid Jilani on May 15, 2009

Oxfam’s Jonaid Jilani reports on the hardships of daily life for those who have fled the conflict.

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