Return to Sholzan Tangi was agreed after the denotification on 19 villages during the Return Task Force (RTF) meeting held on 21 May 2014. FDMA requested for facilitation of the return from the humanitarian community to enable approximately 600 IDPs (including unregistered families in the request) affected by conflict and sectarian violence respectively to return to Sholzan Tangi. Protection cluster conducted Return intention survey from (RIS)1 during which 137 interviews were conducted with the Sholzan Tangi displaced population.
Maidan Tirah valley is part of Bara sub-division of Khyber agency, it is an area located at its confluence with Orakzai and Kurram agencies, and in the North it borders Nangarhar province of Afghanistan through Kukikhel valley. The valley is surrounded by high ridges and the houses are mostly scattered. The valley has three entry routes: from Khyber agency (route DwaToi to Bara); from Khurram agency (route Haider Kandao – Sadda); and from Orakzai agency through Aranhanga Pass – Kohat.