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For the past few decades, Thailand has been a major destination country for asylum seekers and refugees from Myanmar. Since 1984, Thailand has provided refuge to people fleeing violence in Myanmar, and more recently to economic migrants. The population in the Thai refugee camps, located along the Myanmar-Thailand border, is now estimated at 111,000 people. Many were born in the camps and have never set foot outside.
In Pakistan, more than 1 million people are internally displaced, meaning that many families with children are moving back and forth between their region of origin, IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps and host communities.
Every year around the world, more than 250,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries that can cause total or partial paralysis of the limbs and trunk.
Since 1996, Handicap International has managed the only rehabilitation center in Kandahar, Afghanistan, providing comprehensive services to disabled people. In 2015, the center hosted more than 7,000 patients. On average, 20% of new arrivals have a lower limb amputated as a result of landmines, improvised explosive devices, and other weapons.
Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.
The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.
Landmines and other explosive remnants of war planted during the 68-year conflict between India and Pakistan threaten the lives and wellbeing of people living in Kashmir, a mountainous region between the two countries. In order to prevent injuries and deaths, Handicap International launched a risk awareness campaign in the heavily-effected India states of Srinagar and Jammu.
Armed violence has powerful, lasting impacts, inflicting severe injuries and impairments and leaving behind broken families, fearful communities and societies in which violence is the norm. It is a daily fear and fact of life for millions of people, particularly those in low income countries and in the marginalised urban zones of more developed countries.
The summer of 2010 saw Pakistan's worst natural disaster in living memory as 10 million people were made homeless by flooding. With water covering up to one quarter of the country's entire surface area, Handicap International launched an emergency relief programme to support communities devastated by the floods.
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Pakistan has been at the mercy of a monsoon that reached an astonishing intensity in the last few weeks. This weather has had disastrous consequences in the southern Sindh province. Rising waters have affected 5.4 million people and destroyed 665,000 homes. Some 540,000 people have had to seek refuge in camps or by the roadside, 248 people have died, and harvests have been severely hit.
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Already hit by spectacular flooding in 2010 which affected 20 million people, Pakistan once again finds itself at the mercy of a monsoon which has reached an astonishing intensity in the last few weeks. This has had disastrous consequences in the south of the country: around 5.4 million people(1) have been affected by the rising waters and over 665,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
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Six months after the floods began, the situation remains very serious; 20 million people have been affected.
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For Stéphane Lobjois, Handicap International's head of mission in Pakistan, the situation facing flood victims remains highly critical.
Handicap International How has the situation changed since the start of the flooding?
The Khyber Pakhtunkwa region (KPK in the North West) was the first to be hit in early August. However, the floods gradually spread south to Sind like a wave moving slowly towards the sea. The Sind region and particularly the district of Thatta is still at the emergency stage. There are more than 200,000 people living in highly-precarious conditions in camps.
Handicap International has opened two new bases in Pakistan to deliver emergency aid to the worst-affected populations, following the severe flooding which has devastated the country since 1st August. According to the UN, 18 million people have been affected by the floods, which have covered an area two thirds the size of the UK.
So far, more than 115,000 people have benefited from Handicap International's emergency activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northwest Pakistan.
1. OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSESSMENT
This assessment was conducted to have a better understanding of the situation on the ground and of the most urgent needs of the IDPs in order to appropriately design emergency response and recovery programs to ensure that they accurately respond to the real needs of the affected populations.
The assessment was conducted in collaboration with NRSP which is working since a long time in the Thatta District and has a good knowledge of the community.