Thousands of people are queuing up at Jalozai IDP camp to be listed, and then registered to receive humanitarian assistance. Photo: NRC Pakistan
NRC Assists Thousands of Displaced in North-West Pakistan
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NRC Pakistan (updated) (23.04.2012)
More than 45,000 families need emergency relief following their displacement from Bara Tehsil in northern Pakistan.

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According to the Provincial Disaster Management Agency (PDMA) in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, more than 45,000 families have and registered in Jalozai, a camp for internally displaced located 35 kilometers from the city of Peshawar. The number of displaced has increased by thousands over the past weeks now amounting to 200 000 people.

This heavy influx of people began last month when thousands left their homes following the intensification of security operations by the Government of Pakistan against suspected militants. The majority of the displaced have sought refuge in the neighboring Peshawar and Nowshera Districts, while the rest have moved to Jalozai IDP Camp, once the largest Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan.

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Muhammad, a 58 year old from Bara Tehsil, fled his home with his family a week ago. “The fighting had started in our area, and we had no choice but to leave. It was a long trip and it took us two days to make it to Peshawar District”. At the IDPs registration point in Jalozai, he further added “almost every one of us here has fled their homes with just the clothes on our back…..we need help with food and basic everyday tools”.

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More than 100 NRC employees are currently working in Jalozai camp providing information, legal assistance and Non Food Items (NFIs) to the residents of the camp. The work is closely coordinated with UNHCR, the WFP, UNOCHA and UNICEF, as well as relevant government bodies including Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

NRC’s registration team is helping with the initial enlistment of IDPs, who are then further verified and registered by NADRA and UNHCR. This enlistment is for those individuals from the conflict zone who want to be officially recognized as IDPs and wish to stay in the camp or outside the camp.

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Not only has NRC been given the lead to distribute NFIs amongst all off-camp IDPs, NRC Pakistan has also started distribution in Jalozai camp. At the moment over three quarters of the IDPs are settling off-camp. The NFI kits are specifically designed to meet the needs of IDPs and contain essential items such as a jerry can, bucket, metal cooking pots, metal dinner plates, metal cups, wooden cooking spoon, bed sheets, plastic sheets, soaps, mosquito nets, jug, sanitary cloth and water cooler.

Thanks to suppert from doners such as ECHO, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Development Agency NRC has the capacity to provide up to 30,000 NFI kits to the IDPs.

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