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Pakistan: IOM distributes over 60,000 toolkits to registered IDPs returning to Buner

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IOM this week completed the distribution of basic repair toolkits to 62,694 registered returnee families in Buner district, Malakand division, where Pakistani government forces have been fighting tribal militants.

IOM staff and locally hired workers distributed the kits from hubs in Sawari, Pir Baba, Jowar, Ambaila, Dewan Baba and Kinglay, where registered returnee families were also issued with food rations.

"Despite security challenges, the 3-month project was completed successfully. The kits will play a key role in helping people to rebuild their houses, businesses and vegetable gardens," says Emergency Officer Izora Maskun.

Each toolkit includes a shovel, pickaxe, adze, hammer, nails, pliers, pincers, chisel, wrench, trowel, hand saw, gloves, nylon rope, binding wire and a packing bag.

The project followed earlier distributions of 1,550 shelter kits to address overcrowding among displaced people (IDPs) living in host communities and public buildings in Mardan district. Subsequently it focused on growing numbers of IDPs returning to Dir and Swat districts.

The earlier project, implemented through the French NGO ACTED and funded by Sweden (SIDA), covered 17 union councils in Swat and 15 union councils in Dir.

The shelter kits were distributed to returnee families whose homes had been destroyed or damaged and to other displaced families in need of shelter.

Rahmat Ali, 20, who lost his father and uncle when their house was hit by shelling during the conflict, now lives with 18 family members in Khal Kalay union council in Lower Dir and was one of the beneficiaries.

"The tent and shelter kit provided my family with adequate accommodation, especially for the women and children, when it was impossible for us to live in the damaged house," he says.

For further details, please contact Saleem Rehmat at IOM Islamabad. Tel. +92-300-856-0341, Email: srehmat@iom.int.
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