New facilities for Chitral community enhance safety and gender justice
Islamic Relief has been tackling gender injustice with a bathroom building scheme in a remote area of Pakistan.
In the Himalayan Bamburat Valley, in the northern district of Chitral, the Kalash indigenous group is Pakistan’s smallest religious minority, with a community of less than 5,000.
By Aamir Saeed
PIPLE GARHI/PAKISTAN, 21 July 2016
The Bara Market was once a bustling hive of about 10,000 shops. Now it’s a listless wreckage of rubble, and a reminder of the destruction that the war between Pakistan’s government and militant groups has inflicted on the economy in this region on the Afghanistan border.
ISLAMABAD (19 July, 2016): The Representatives of the Islamic Republics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday underlined their commitment to empower Afghan refugees in Pakistan and to pro-actively work towards their voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan. They called on the international community to support these efforts aimed at achieving the common cause of bringing Afghanistan’s protracted refugee chapter to a close and putting an end to future displacement within and beyond the country.
Telepsychiatry sessions between doctors in Karachi and villagers in the north mean distance is no issue.
In March 2015, floods ravaged the small village of Charun Oveer, tucked way beside Chitral. All the turbines — the only source of electricity for the village – were destroyed. Seven months later in October, a 7.5 earthquake hit the same region, and the village saw its houses turn to rubble.
Torrential Rains resulted in flash floods in the stream located near Pak-Afghan border. The hill torrent washed away a mosque, Pak army check post and near-by houses. Joint search and rescue operation of Pak-Army, Police, Levis and Scouts is under way. Road networks in the Chitral district are operational till last report.
· In 2016, UNICEF humanitarian support continued for displaced and returning families in KP & FATA, and children and women affected by drought in Sindh.
· Over 151, 000 families (50 per cent of displaced population) have returned to government declared safe areas in FATA since March 2015. 45,000 families returned in the first half of 2016.
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi concluded his first tri-nation visit to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. On the last leg of his mission in Pakistan, the High Commissioner announced an increase in assistance package for registered Afghan refugee families, who are opting to return to Afghanistan under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary return progamme.
Summer monsoon forecast to bring rainfall 10–20 percent above average
Drought and limited health care access in Sindh have resulted in poor health outcomes, particularly for children
Approximately half of all people displaced from FATA had returned as of June 23
Total funding requirements: $ 22.7 million
Thematic areas: - Cash for work - Livelihood grants - Livelihood training
People in need: 2 million
People targeted: 1.1 million
Funding information: - Required: 22.7 million - Received: 9.9 million - Donors: DFID, OFDA, ERF/PHPF, Japan, ECHO - Funding gap: 12.8 million
CoRe objectives: Improve IDPs' self-sufficiency and resilience (targeting vulnerable families) in host and return areas, ensuring a smooth transition to longer-term recovery and development.
In the backdrop of military operations in 2009 and floods in 2010, Swat including the entire and Malakand Division faced huge devastation in terms of community infrastructure. UNDP, with its government counterparts, conducted a need assessment to assess the extent of destruction in Swat and district and launched the Community Resilience in Malakand Project (CR- Malakand) in the six tehsils of Swat with the financial assistance of Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ms. Prerana Issar, WFP’s Global Director of Human Resources (HR) and Mr. David Kaatrud. Regional Director for Asia conducted field visits to Pakistan in May 2016.
The process of return of IDPs to FATA continues. To date 158,000 families have returned to their areas of origin which constitutes 73 percent of the planned returns of 2015 and 26 percent of the planned returns of 2016.
PESHAWAR: Students from various tribal regions said on Friday that at least 1,500 educational institutions were destroyed or damaged during militancy, but the federal government had so far not initiated work to restore them.
The details about the state of school buildings in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) were issued to the media by Fata Students Organisation (FSO) president Shaukat Aziz at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club.
PESHAWAR: Internally displaced persons belonging to different localities of Khyber Agency have refused to go back to their homes unless the government provides them basic facilities.
They have been sitting at a protest camp along the Sher Shah Suri Road for past 34 days in favour of their demands.
$ 22.7 million: Total funding requirements
Cash for work
People in need: 2 million
People targeted: 1.1 million
Required: 22.7 million
Received: 9.9 million
Donors: DFID, OFDA, ERF/PHPF, Japan, ECHO
Funding gap: 12.8 million
WFP continues its relief food assistance to displaced and returnee populations in the country’s north-west, complemented by livelihoods, nutrition and education support. Under this programme of operations WFP has supported 1.67 million people in Pakistan in the first quarter of 2016.
Earmarked donor contributions by activity and geographic region threaten the operational continuity of WFP operations across all targeted districts.
Washington DC, June 3, 2016: The World Bank today approved a $300 million loan to support the Punjab province in improving school participation, completion, and teaching-learning practices with a particular focus on low-performing districts.
BIBAK TOP: With the completion of the final phase of the operation Zarb-i-Azb in Shawal, the army has shifted its focus to the repatriation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which will be initiated very soon in order to end by December, said senior military officers.
Eighty per cent of the displaced population will be back in their homes in North and South Waziristan by September, said an officer while briefing the media on Friday.