NWFP (Pakistan) Crisis Appeal

    Monday, 18th May 2009
    NWFP Emergency Appeal

    Latest reports say over 550,000 people have now fled their homes due to the military operation in the NWFP region. As many as 1.3 Million people may be affected. The situation is extremely hazardous due to continuous bombing and shelling. A large number of people have sustained serious injuries.

    UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said: 'This is a huge and rapidly unfolding emergency which is going to require considerable resources beyond those that currently exist in the region.'

    A large number of women have become widows and may children have been orphaned. Thousands of displaced people are living in extremely poor conditions. The refugees are facing a shortage of essential food items, clean drinking water and medicines. Women and children are crying due to the food shortage and transportation is insufficient to ferry the injured people to the hospitals.

    Ummah Welfare Trust (Charity Reg. 1000851) has been responding to the emergency crisis. Over £100,000 has already been spent on emergency food aid, shelter and medical clinics. A further £1 Million has been allocated from the charity reserves towards assisting the displaced refugees.

    Muhammad Idrees, the chairman of the trust, told reporters that they had set up relief camps at a number of locations to provide help and support to the people most affected. Transportation has been arranged to help the victims flee the conflict and settle within the camps. Many families are currently fully dependant on UWT Aid.

    UWT has launched an emergency appeal to aid the victims of this catastrophe. Emergency food packages have started to be delivered to each family at a cost of £100 per family. The running of each medical clinic is costing £250 per day.

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