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MSF Provides Humanitarian Aid for North Waziristan Refugees

Tens of thousands of people fleeing major military operations in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have crossed the border into Afghanistan over the past months, seeking refuge in Khost, Paktia, and Paktika provinces. In response, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are providing medical and humanitarian aid in Gulan refugee camp, Khost province.

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Polio this week as of 31 July 2014

  • In Pakistan, three new cases have been reported, including one from Balochistan. It is the first case in this province since October 2012. However, four positive environmental samples were collected in 2014 from Quetta, Balochistan, the most recent of which on 20 June. This case is linked to these positive environmental samples, suggesting local circulation of WPV1 this year in this area.

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Red Crescent doubles assistance to the displaced from North Waziristan

31-07-2014

As a result of a military operation in North Waziristan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced to various districts in neighbouring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. From the outset, the Pakistan Red Crescent has delivered emergency aid, medical services, food, water and sanitation.

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Pakistan acid attacks on women cast pall of fear

07/31/2014 02:35 GMT

by Maaz KHAN

QUETTA, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - A recent spate of acid attacks in a region of Pakistan previously untouched by the crime has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamisation that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.

The horrific crime, which disfigures and often blinds its overwhelmingly female victims, has long been used to settle personal or family scores with hundreds of cases reported every year.

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Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem?

by NURITH AIZENMAN

What do the parents think? That's always a crucial question when it comes to vaccinating kids.

And it's particularly important in Pakistan, which is one of the last places in the world where the polio virus is still making kids sick.

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For Pakistani minority sect, a tentative Eid celebration

KARACHI, PAKISTAN — A handwritten sign hangs on Naeem Sohail's door, wishing passersby Eid Mubarak, a happy end to Ramadan. Underneath, there is a modest notice that henna services are available here.

No one has taken up Mr. Sohail’s daughter on her offer to apply the traditional decorative patterns on the hands of women celebrating Eid. The family wonders if it’s because they are Ahmadis, a minority sect that considers itself Muslim, but that the Pakistani state says is heretical.

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Displaced Pakistani families find warm welcome in neighbouring Afghanistan

GULAN CAMP, Afghanistan, July 28 (UNHCR) – She walked for three days and three nights. Her daughters-in-law have boils and calluses on their feet from the long trek and are relieved to be treated in the camp clinic. Gul lifts her salwar – loose pleated trousers – to show a scar forming on her heel and says, "at least I am alive. My children and grandchildren are alive and we are safe."

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UNFPA responds to needs of 36,000 pregnant women displaced in Pakistan

UNFPA, together with the Network for Human and Social Development, is supporting the Government to ensure that pregnant women are able to safely deliver and providing women with essential hygiene supplies.

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Rs400,000 to be paid for each house destroyed during Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Baloch

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Frontier Post

MONITORING DESK

BANNU: Minister for State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch said on Monday that the government had decided to pay Rs400,000 for each house destroyed during Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.

Addressing the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) here, Baloch added that Rs50,000 would also be paid to the affected people for their return and ration. He clarified that the funds will only be released to the head of each household.

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Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Pakistan

25 July 2014 - The disease early warning system (DEWS) of Pakistan has recently detected a seasonal spike of human infections of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever. From 30 March to 20 July 2014, a total of 42 cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, including 10 deaths (case-fatality rate: 24%) have been reported across the country. Of these reported infections, 22 cases have been laboratory-confirmed.

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Collection of population data in a porous camp setting

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CCCM Cluster

The CCCM sector has learned from its experiences in both conflicts and natural disasters, and has been continuously reviewing its projects, programs and responses. This first edition of CCCM Case Studies presents 12 summaries of CCCM activities from 11 different countries. The purpose of this publication is to provide lessons as a knowledge base to support humanitarian operations (in both emergency and protracted contexts).

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghan returnees and IDPs receive hygiene training through UN-supported programme

23 July 2014 – As part of a United Nations-supported programme, some 1,320 returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) - around 200 families - in the north-eastern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and Badakhshan have recently had their understanding on sanitation and environmental hygiene issues boosted as part of a wider effort to help reduce their mortality rates.

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IOM Afghanistan: North Waziristan Displacement Response (24 July 2014)

Ongoing military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have displaced some 15,195 families (UNHCR estimate as of 23 July 2014) on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The majority of the families have been displaced into Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika provinces. IOM is responding to the needs of Afghan families who have returned from .North Waziristan, working closely with government and humanitarian partners.

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Pakistan + 1 other
International Medical Corps Responds to Crisis in Pakistan

July 23, 2014 – Los Angeles, Calif. - Since the Pakistan army began an offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan, more than 830,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been forced to other parts of Pakistan (largely the Bannu District) and an estimated 112,000 people have fled to Afghanistan.

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Responding to displacement needs in Khost following military operations in North Waziristan

Elise Svarstad

In recent weeks, the major military offensive against militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan, has forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter across the Afghanistan border in Khost and Paktika Provinces. An estimated 17,000 families (144,000 persons) have been displaced to Khost where NRC is currently responding to the crisis.

NRC Working to Identify Needs

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Sindh has no facility to house street children being sent back from Punjab today

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: A day before Punjab Child Protection Bureau officials are due to hand over 12 street children of Sindh to it, Sindh has no child protection authority to safeguard those children and provide skill development facilities to them before searching for their families to hand them over, it emerged on Tuesday.

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Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

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Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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US announce additional $9.3 million aid for IDPs

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Frontier Post

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk): The Embassy of the United States Tuesday announced an additional contribution of $9.3 million to help Pakistan meet the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency, a statement issued here stated.

“These funds will be provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),” a spokesperson for US embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.

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Community Participation Spurs Education in Balochistan

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eight of the ten least developed districts of Pakistan are located in Balochistan, a province which faces challenges related to stability, security and a dispersed population.

  • Only 47% of children 5-9 years old in Balochistan are enrolled in primary schools. The Balochistan Education Support Program through the Balochistan Education Foundation, supported by the World Bank, has been helping address this education emergency since 2006.

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Barclays and UNICEF Help Adolescents Brighten Their Futures

By: Fatima Shahryar

LAHORE, PAKISTAN, June 2014 – “My mother and older sister used to make and sell beaded embroideries, says Saba Asghar (18), a resident of Madina Colony, Lahore. “Sister got married and embroideries fell out of fashion. My family faced a financial crunch. I was eager to contribute to our household income. For that, I got myself enrolled in the dress-making class at the vocational training centre. It not only enabled me to earn but also gave me hope for a better future.”