Hunger and lack of sanitation plagues displaced families in Pakistan
Jul 19, 2011
As more residents in the Kurram region of Pakistan have had to flee their homes due to new military operations against militiants based in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, many are finding it harder to locate adequate shelter, according to IRIN.
Retaliations from military-backed tribes continue to be a real threat throughout the region. As recent as the end of May, The New York Times reported on a suicide bombing in the region that took the lives of many innocent citizens. Moving is becoming a means of survival.
Many displaced families told IRIN that they feel their cries have been ignored, leaving residents disoriented and with nowhere to go.
The Disaster Management Authority for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas has reported being short on such basic necessities as food and non-food items, tents and washing facilities, the news source reports.
And the problems with lack of housing continues to rise as. "Around 85,000 people from Kurram are now displaced,” states Sahibzada Anis, the district coordination officer for Peshwar, states IRIN.
The continued flow of people is leaving facilities short-handed, making hunger and food security a substantially growing problem.
“There is an urgent need to improve infrastructure with proper layout of tents, construction of latrines, washrooms and kitchens, and to conduct a verifiable electronic registration process," said Mengesha Kebede, the UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) Pakistan representative told IRIN. "That's why we are urgently deploying expert staff to help authorities manage the situation."