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Millions still need aid in Pakistan's ‘forgotten’ crises

Jan 23, 2013

Millions of Pakistanis still need humanitarian assistance due to three consecutive years of monsoon flooding, persistent insecurity and government restrictions on aid workers, which are worsening poverty and hunger across the country.

 

London: The latest data shows that nearly 60 percent of the population of around 190 million are foodinsecure, meaning they do not eat enough nutritious food each day to lead a healthy, active life, according to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).

They include flood-hit farmers in southern Sindh province who could not plant their wheat crop last November due to standing water and a lack of seeds, and families who have been living in camps in the northwest for three or four years after fleeing clashes between the army and Islamist militants.

"I consider that...the humanitarian situation, especially for the poorest of the poor, is still very bad, if not to say alarming," said Jean-Luc Siblot, WFP's country director for Pakistan. "The repetitive floods and the insecurity in KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) and Baluchistan are definitely factors which are aggravating an already bad situation."

Some 4.8 million people were affected by flooding last year - many for the third year in a row. There are 758,000 people uprooted by fighting in KP and FATA, more than half of them children, who have not been able to return home. Of the 1.3 million who have gone back to FATA since 2010, many still need help. On top of this, Pakistan hosts nearly 1.7 million refugees from the conflict in Afghanistan, spread across the country.

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SOURCE: Alertnet

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