Tagged: internally displaced people

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Internally displaced men and children, fleeing military operations in the Swat valley region, line up for curry and bread at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, Pakistan, June 2, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/ Adrees Latif/ Courtesy of Alertnet.org

Millions of people forced to flee the fighting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley struggled to receive vital aid because the international community provided too little help, too late, according to a report released today by international aid agency Oxfam.

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A woman washes dishes at a creek running alongside a UNHCR camp in Pakistan's Swabi district, about 120 km (75 miles) north west of Islamabad, 15 May 2009.Credit: REUTERS/Mian Khursheed, courtesy alertnet.org

Three months after the clashes in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province began, we're highlighting the right of Internally Displaced People to return voluntarily and the need to establish sustainable security in their home villages.

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Internally displaced children, who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region, stand in line for their ration of food at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, June 16, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood, courtesy alertnet.org

Recent conflict in the Swat Valley of the North Western Front Province has forced more than 2 million men, women and children to flee their homes.We're planning to support nearly 360,000 internally displaced people.

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Women wading through flood water with their emergency shelter kits which they have received from Oxfam. Credit: Iqbal Haider/Oxfam

A weak international donor response is hampering efforts to assist more than two million women, men and children affected by conflict in northwest Pakistan, raising the risk of prolonged suffering and instability, says international agency Oxfam.

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Refugee mother and child, Amnabak camp. Credit: Helen Palmer/Oxfam

World Refugee Day was established in 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly. The first event was held in 2001 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

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"The living conditions in the camps in Afgooye (Somalia) are some of the worst I have ever seen. Families are sheltering in tiny huts, pieced together from plastic bags and sticks." Oxfam is about to provide 10,000 new shelters. Credit: Hassan Noor/Oxfam

We're increasing our emergency response in Somalia, providing water, shelter and other aid to thousands fleeing deadly new violence in the country’s capital. War, drought and malnutrition are thrusting Somalia towards even greater catastrophe.

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Tamil civilians sit outside their temporary huts in the Menikfam Vanni refugee camp located near the town of Chettekulam in northern Sri Lanka May 1, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy alertnet.org

Thousands of lives are at risk in Sri Lanka because aid to refugees is being restricted by a government ban on aid agency vehicles entering the camps, and difficulties in securing access for staff , Oxfam said today.

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A family flee a military offensive, Dargai. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed, alertnet.org

As fighting intensifies in northwest Pakistan, hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis have fled their homes. Oxfam is working to provide essentials to the people in greatest need.

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International agency Oxfam said today that it has had to double its aid effort in Pakistan as the number of displaced goes over 2 million, making the crisis the greatest internal displacement of people in the country’s history.

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