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ISLAMABAD (19 November, 2016): Upon conclusion of a two-day visit to North Waziristan Agency, Neil Buhne United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan said he was impressed by progress made in returning people earlier displaced from their homes, and by the extensive rehabilitation and reconstruction work undertaken by civilian and military authorities. But he was humbled by the work that remained to be done for the hundreds of thousands of people to return to a normal life.
Pakistan has faced a fragile security situation in the north-west region of the country since 2007, which triggered massive displacement from conflict affected areas. Following security operations, the government announced a phased return plan for all IDPs. Since March 2015, 187,678 families have been successfully facilitated to return to FATA, whilst 116,113 families still remain in displacement.
From 14 to 16 April 2016, a mission including the Humanitarian Coordinator and OCHA Head of Office (o.i.c) conducted a two-day visit to Kurram Agency. The team visited New Durrani camp, recently denotified areas of Central Kurram and villages where returns took place two years ago to gain a better understanding of the immediate humanitarian needs of returned IDPs.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
An Inter-Cluster Assessment Mission was conducted to Orakzai Agency from 8 to 13 April 2016 to assess the situation in a sample of recently denotified villages. An estimated 15,000 IDP families from Aa Khel, Mulla Khel, Chapri Feroz Khel, Mishti Hindara and Mishti Gawak tribes are expected to return to these areas starting 20 April 2016. Approximately 2,800 families will return in the first phase through the Jerma embarkation point in Kohat.
In 2015, PHPF received a total contribution of US$8.8 million from SIDA ($5.7 million) and DFID ($3 million). This represented a significant increase from $4.9 million in 2014. In addition, $1.4 million in funding was rolled over from 2014 to 2015.
Most remaining IDPs are expected to return to FATA in 2016.
With over 1.5 million remain- ing registered Afghan refu- gees, Pakistan constitutes the world’s largest protracted refugee situation.
Female-headed households have more dif culty access- ing assistance due to a lack of documentation and cultural restrictions.
Displacement and natural disasters compound already high rates of food insecurity in Pakistan.
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Ladha, Sararogha,
Sarwakai, and Tiarza Tehsils South Waziristan Agency (SWA) from 10 to 13 February 2016. The mission visited eight recently de-notified villages. The Government plans to facilitate the return of some 30,000 IDPs to these areas.
Key findings and recommendations
Returns have been halted since 18 February. It is expected that all returns will resume in mid-April. There are 151 newly denotified villages in Kurram Agency and up to 14,000 families will return to those areas. New Durrani camp will likely close following these returns. Pre-registration for return to South Waziristan Agency (SWA) has started for 30,000 families. The Government has informed that all of Orakzai Agency will be denotified shortly allowing the return of over 15,000 families. In addition over 49,000 non-registered families have returned in the past year.
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Mir Ali Tehsil in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) from 26–29 January 2016. The mission covered a sample of six out of the ten villages that were recently de-notified by authorities. The Government has planned to facilitate the return of some 5,000 to 7,000 families to these areas.
• An estimated 10 per cent of private houses were damaged due conflict and 1.5 years of weather damage.
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to the Sipah area of Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency on 2 February, 2016. The mission visited Haji Abad where discusions were held with the Military, FDMA, male and female returnees, and community elders. Visits were also conducted to nearby communities and agricultural areas where damages were observed. The Government has planned and is facilitating the return of over 7,000 families to these areas.
During the week of 12 - 18 February, 488 families returned to North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The protection cluster conducted a return intention survey of displaced families from SWA. Ninety seven per cent of the respondents indicated that they are willing to return while three per cent said they had no intention to return. Sixty one per cent are ready to go immediately while 24% would like to return after one month.
Mr. Neil Buhne, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, and humanitarian donors representing Canada and Sweden respectively, visited return areas in Bara, Khyber Agency, on 18 February, 2016. The objective of the visit was to observe the delivery of humanitarian assistance to returnees and meet officials and implementing partners of the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) in order to identify any gaps in assistance which can be bridged with donor support.