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22 May 2009

Germany emergency assistance addresses the following needs: Euro 12.6 million will be used to support securing the immediate humanitarian needs of displaced people inside and outside of camps in NWFP, including food, shelter, protection and medical care through the United Nations World Food Programme (Euro 5 million), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Euro 6 million ), the International Committee of the Red Cross (Euro 1 million) and Pakistani partners of German non-governmental organisations (Euro 600.000).


22 May 2009

Farmers in Pakistan's northwest were preparing for a bumper harvest when a punishing military assault against Taliban fighters sent them fleeing their homes. (..) Dominique Frankefort, emergency coordinator with the UN World Food Programme, said the timing of the military offensive was "very unfortunate." "It is harvest season right now, so if they miss this harvest, it is going to be another 12 months before they can produce their own food," he told AFP.


21 May 2009

The humanitarian community is preparing to launch a revised Humanitarian Response Plan in the coming days to ensure that internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the situation in North-West Frontier Province can get the vital support and protection, as well as swift aid, for sustainable relief assistance. (..) Over the last six weeks, the World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food assistance to 900,000 IDPs. It has also established 17 humanitarian hubs to provide food and non-food assistance to IDPs living with host families. The Punjab administration has provided 152 trucks of food including flour, rice, tea and sugar, while a food bank has been jointly established by WFP and the NWFP authorities (Emergency Relief Unit/ERU) to store and handle all food donations.


21 May 2009

The Pakistani army has recaptured a Taliban stronghold in the Buner district in the northwest, the military has said. (..) Dominique Frankefort, emergency co-ordinator with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said two million people would need food until at least September. "There are very few non-governmental organisations and there is very little government assistance," he told the news agency AFP.


20 May 2009

The United States pledged an additional $110 million in aid to Pakistan on Tuesday, reflecting both the deepening humanitarian crisis in the Swat Valley and what the administration says is its growing confidence in Pakistan’s efforts to combat the Taliban.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the new package, which includes tents, radios and emergency generators, as well as money to buy grain from Pakistani farmers, at a White House briefing.


20 May 2009

A Pakistani military offensive against Taliban militants in their Swat valley bastion has forced about 1.5 million people from their homes, the government and the United Nations say. (..) The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) has mobilised its in-country stocks and is feeding 900,000 people.


18 May 2009

No stone will be left unturned in efforts to help more than 1 million people displaced by a Pakistani army offensive against Taliban militants in their bastion of Swat, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said. (..) The U.N. World Food Programme has mobilized its in-country stocks and is feeding 780,000 people.


15 May 2009

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced funding to assist civilians displaced by ongoing fighting in Pakistan (..) The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, is responding to the emergency appeals from the World Food Program and the International Committee of the Red Cross. While access to the conflict zone is an ongoing concern, these organizations are currently providing emergency assistance to affected populations and are working to ensure full, safe and unhindered access to those in need.


15 May 2009

The displaced people of the Swat Valley are entitled to food and other basics even if they are being sheltered by a host community. At the World Food Program's distribution centre in Swabi on Wednesday, thousands of men lined up in the blazing midday heat to receive rations.


13 May 2009

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon met with visiting Pakistani President Asif Zardari here on Tuesday, and the two leaders discussed the growing humanitarian crisis in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (..) The World Food Program (WFP) has been providing emergency food rations to around 650,000 people who have fled the conflict areas, including some 200,000 newly-arrived internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Lower Dir, Swat and Buner districts. "WFP has mobilized in-country stocks and is prepared to feed the growing population of internally displaced persons for the next two to three months. Assisting hungry families is our first priority," said the agency's Pakistan Country Representative Wolfgang Herbinger.