Latest Updates

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Displaced and Stranded

More than two million people have fled their homes and settled in host communities or emergency camps.

Many prefer the host communities over the camps because of cultural traditions. Unfortunately, this means thousands of people are staying with complete strangers and are not registered to receive aid from the camps.

Most were forced to leave carrying little more than the clothes on their backs. Large groups of IDPs had to settle outside the camps due to overcrowded facilities and lack of supplies.

Thousands upon thousands of the children don't have schools to attend, while most of the IDPs are facing widespread shortages of food, clean water and sanitation facilities.

The camps cannot accommodate the influx of people and many are settling outside in the heat.

Aid workers on the ground report that around 80 percent of those who have been displaced are women and children.

Pakistani government officials report that 60 to 70 percent of the children are suffering from psychological trauma and are at risk of serious health problems.

Click here to read an Islamic Relief aid worker's eyewitness accounts in Pakistan's IDP camps.


Post a Comment