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03 Aug 2015 description

As of 30 July 2015, 49,536 families have returned to Khyber Agency, South Waziristan Agency (SWA), and North Waziristan Agency (NWA). This week people of the Bar Qambar Khel tribe living in Jalozai Camp began returning to their homes in Bara, Khyber Agency. In NWA, the Government fully denotified four Tehsils (Razmak, Garyum, Dossali and Shewa) and partially denotified Spinwam Tehsil. Meanwhile in SWA, the humanitarian community conducted a security assessment mission to denotified areas.

27 Jul 2015 description

Heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan. The floods have affected 23 Districts across Pakistan with 55 reported fatalities and 14 people injured. Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six Districts of Punjab province have been hit the hardest, with a high risk of floods in Sindh province in coming days. The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response.

27 Jul 2015 description

Returns to Khyber and North Waziristan Agencies (NWA) have resumed after they were temporarily halted over the Eid holidays. As of 23 July 2015, 47,160 families have returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agency (SWA), and NWA. This includes 1,551 unregistered families to SWA, and 486 unregistered families to NWA. The return process for people of the Bar Qambar Khel tribe from Bara started on 23 July with a focus on off-camp IDPs.

22 Jul 2015 description

Heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes from 16 to 22 July 2015 have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan. Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been badly hit with an estimated 285,000 people affected. Areas in Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab and Sindh are also affected. The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response. OCHA is in contact with provincial and national disaster management authorities, and continues to monitor the situation.

13 Jul 2015 description

As of 9 July 2015, 42,728 families have returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agency (SWA), and North Waziristan Agency (NWA). This includes 1,551 unregistered families to SWA, and 423 unregistered families to NWA. Returns of 3,500 registered families to the Eidak village area are ongoing.
The majority of returnees are coming from Baka Khel Camp. An inter-cluster needs assessment was conducted in Eidak village on 8-9 July, 2015 and confirmed the return process was voluntary.

09 Jul 2015 description

Stress counselling helps older IDPs to cope with difficult circumstances

Khayal Mera, 65, led a quiet life in her small village in the Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency, FATA, until April 2013 when conflict broke out between rival armed groups and security operations against non-state armed actors ensued.

09 Jul 2015 description

"Za ba officer joray gam", (I want to become an officer), said Ilyas Rehman, 10, clutching his recently acquired schoolbag outside his tented classroom at the Government Primary School Sheikh Yousuf in Dera Ismail Khan, FATA. The school is one of the 80 institutions in Dera Ismail Khan supported by the ERF. The ERF supports various initiatives to encourage children from displaced families living among the host community to attend school.

09 Jul 2015 description

Asho Mai, 50, lived with her family of nine in a one-room house in Rajanpur District, in Pakistan’s north-western Punjab Province. Her husband rented a small farm where he grew cotton, earning enough to support the family’s simple life.

“We had a mud house, a livelihood and a content life,” said Asho. She explained that life was difficult, but no more difficult than in most village communities in rural Pakistan.

09 Jul 2015 description

Ilam Taj looks towards the grey wintery sky to say a quick prayer of thanks for her daughter, Afaida, who is bubbling with energy. Taj’s mother-in-law, Feroza Bibi, joins her in prayer, “Praise be to Allah for he gave her back to us”.

Looking at her daughter, Taj narrates the story, “We took her to so many places to get her healthy. We even visited doctors which cost us a lot of money but nothing happened. Slowly she was withering away…bit by bit…As our men are away working, we did not know what else to do. We would have lost her without help”.