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16 Dec 2009 description

Geneva, December 16

Issued by Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan and Norwegian Church Aid

Background:

Since the start of December, immediately following the Eid holidays in Pakistan, terrorist attacks have occurred at various key locations in Pakistan. Most attacks targeted government or military areas, but markets and a mosque were also attacked. On December 1, a Member of Provincial Assembly and two of his brothers were killed in Peshawar when a suicide attack occurred near his home.

01 Dec 2009 description

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - By Sidney Traynham/CWS-P/A

ISLAMABAD-For vulnerable Pakistanis, lack of access to basic information on HIV is almost an epidemic in itself. But this epidemic spreads by misinformation and feeds on poverty, increased insecurity, a bias against women's rights and the taboo of discussing sexual health publicly.

"Given Pakistan's conservative society, there are very few outlets or opportunities that allow for healthy public discussions on HIV," said Beenish Hashwani, HIV coordinator of ACT member Church World Service - …

27 Nov 2009 description

Background

Geneva, November 27, 2009 - As the Pakistani military continues its operations against extremist militants in South Waziristan, some 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have registered in the districts of Dera Ismael Khan and Tank, according to UN agencies.

18 Nov 2009 description

Appeal Target: US$ 5,188,217

Balance Requested: US$2,201,334

Geneva, 18 November 2009

Dear Colleagues,

ACT International members Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) continue to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan where, according to the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government Emergency Response Unit, 3.5 million people have been uprooted by the conflict between the government and militants.

23 Oct 2009 description

Funds Sent To: Church World Service- Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A)

Amount Sent: US$ 59,574

Date: October 23, 2009

Details of Response

Emergency: Increased Internal Displacement Due to New Military Offensive in South Waziristan, Pakistan

Date of Emergency: October 17, 2009

Implementing Member/Partner: CWS- P/A with SARHAD

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY:

The full-scale offensive launched by Pakistan military on October 17 at South Waziristan resulted to a new influx of IDPs.

22 Oct 2009 description

Geneva, October 22, 2009

Deteriorating security

The security situation for civilians and aid workers in Pakistan has deteriorated further with an increase in military offensives and militant attacks over the past couple of weeks, which are seriously limiting the operations of humanitarian organizations and access to conflict-displaced people in need of urgent assistance.

The series of recent attacks by militants appears to primarily on law-enforcing agencies, humanitarian organizations and educational institutions.

16 Oct 2009 description

Geneva, October 16, 2009

Boosted Humanitarian Efforts

(Sitrep prepared by Church World Service - Pakistan/Afghanistan Communication Office)

Background:

According to recent news reports, more than two-thirds of internally displaced people have returned home. While this may be good news, it also means one-third remains displaced.

21 Aug 2009 description

PAKISTAN (ACT) - Four million displaced people in Pakistan are returning to their homes. The first hundred thousand have left, and meet hard conditions. Their homes, shops, and livestock are destroyed, and there is an acute shortage of food due to slow government delivery. Back in the host communities, where most of them remain, other problems grow. The hosts are, themselves, poverty-stricken, supporting the average number of 25 people in their households.

05 Aug 2009 description

Funds Sent To: Church World Service- Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A)

Amount Sent: US$ 49,977

Date: 05 August 2009

Details of Response

Emergency: Violence against Christian minority in Gorja city, Punjab Province

Date of Emergency: 30 July- 01 August 2009

Implementing Member/Partner: CWS- P/A with CLAAS

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY:

On July 30, 2009, an alleged incident of desecration of the Holy Quran led to violence between Christian and Muslim communities in Gojra city, Toba Tek Singh District, one of the 36 districts of Punjab Province with a population of over 1.6 …

04 Aug 2009 description

Geneva, 04 August 2009

Description of the emergency and its impact

Violence erupted between Muslim and Christian communities in Gojra City in Punjab Province, Pakistan, following rumours of the desecration of the Holy Quran on Thursday last week. In two days of violence that followed, a mob attacked a Christian community and torched 47 houses.

27 Jul 2009 description

NEWS STORY: Matt Hackworth

MARDAN, PAKISTAN - Awalkhan has four spare rooms in his modest house, now a temporary hostel to 30 people.

"Because I had spare rooms, I host them," Awalkhan said, sitting on the edge of a traditional rattan charpoy bed. "They have no other way."

The people in Awalkhan's home are like most in Pakistan who are displaced by the fighting between national army and Taliban forces.

10 Jul 2009 description

PAKISTAN - Two and a half months of the Pakistan military's offensive in the tribal agencies left a trail of heavy infrastructural damage, human losses, and a severe economic crisis in the war affected region. With the completion of the rapid response phase, humanitarian agencies are still struggling to implement a comprehensive initiative focusing on education, food security, health, and protection of the displaced people.

07 Jul 2009 description

Appeal Target: US$ 5,927,925

Balance Requested: US$ 2,941,042

Geneva, 7 July 2009

Dear Colleagues,

ACT International members Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) continue to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan where, according to the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government Emergency Response Unit, 3.5 million people have been uprooted by the conflict between the government and militants.

25 Jun 2009 description

Appeal Target: US$ 5,265,923

Balance Requested: US$ 2,272,076

Geneva, 25 June 2009

Dear Colleagues,

ACT International members Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) continue to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan where, according to the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government Emergency Response Unit, 3.5 million people have been uprooted by the conflict between the government and militants.

09 Jun 2009 description

GENEVA, 9 June 2009--Displaced women and young girls are facing increasingly severe hardships in the Mardan and Swabi areas of Pakistan, as they have explained to members of ACT International.

"We are from cold areas and only have warm clothes with us. Now the temperature here is extremely hot and we are looking for suitable clothes," says Naz Bibi, a displaced woman in the Mardan area.

05 Jun 2009 description

GENEVA, 5 June 2009--Recent fighting between Pakistani military forces and Taliban insurgents in the northwest part of the country has uprooted more than three million people. Heavy shelling, bombardment and continual cross-fire have compelled innocent people to flee their villages.

25 May 2009 description

ISLAMABAD, 25 May 2009 -- With the third week of armed conflict between the Pakistani military and militants, there is a major influx of displaced population from Swat, Buner, and Lower Dir in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. According to media sources, a total of 2.5 million people have been displaced so far. It is expected that the numbers will continue to rise. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said that it may become the largest displacement since Rwanda.

On Thursday, a provincial minister said that the numbers could soon rise to three million.

20 May 2009 description


Appeal Target: US$ 1,269,749
Balance Requested: US$ 1,233,213

Geneva, 20 May 2009

Dear Colleagues,

08 May 2009 description

Geneva, 8 May 2009

ACT International is responding to the humanitarian crisis that has escalated in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan as armed conflict between the state army and militants is causing major displacement of the local population, including from Swat, Buner, and Lower Dir districts of NWFP.

Of the total population of approximately 3.3 million in these three districts, it is expected that at least 25%, or 800,000 persons, will be displaced by the armed conflict.