IDPs push their wheelbarrows loaded with relief supplies at the WFP distribution point in Bannu on June 26, 2014. – AFP Photo
IDPs push their wheelbarrows loaded with relief supplies at the WFP distribution point in Bannu on June 26, 2014. – AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: The United States has contributed an additional $8 million to help Pakistani government meet food and nutritional needs of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Thousands have fled the areas in North Waziristan Agency due to the Pakistani military’s ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation against local and foreign militants in the tribal area bordering Afghanistan. The tribesmen have taken temporarily refuge into nearby areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as well as Afghanistan, in the biggest movement of refugees in the country in years.

Related: Haqqani network also target of N Waziristan operation: ISPR

The contribution, provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of the ongoing efforts of the US government and the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) under the Twinning Program.

The Twinning Program is a partnership between the government of Pakistan, WFP, and the international donor community through which wheat donated by the Pakistan government is transformed into fortified wheat flour and distributed in the most vulnerable communities.

This new commitment by the US government will enable WFP to transform approximately 38,000 metric tons of wheat into fortified wheat flour, providing more nutritional food for the IDPs over a two-month period.

Also read: Pakistan urges Afghanistan to stop terrorists fleeing NWA: FO

With this contribution of $8 million, USAID is now the largest international donor to the program, providing a total of $31 million in support – enough to fortify 60 per cent of the wheat donated by the Pakistan government.

“The United States’ commitment to the Twinning Program is a demonstration of our support to the internally displaced population from the Fata and the incredibly important partnership between the government of Pakistan, WFP, and the international community,” said USAID Acting Mission Director, Nancy Estes.

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Jawad U Rahman
Jun 26, 2014 10:45pm

How much have Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China contributed?

Jun 26, 2014 11:10pm

Thank you USA for sending food and drones.

Khalid Khan
Jun 26, 2014 11:24pm

I see lots of anti American sentiments in these comments everyday. I am surprised to see the blank page today when old American compassion appears in the form of FOOD BAGS for the IDPs. I guess TTP is stunned to see this. Please be reasonable when making an anti American comment. US has always helped Pakistan,when in need.

Kalash wala
Jun 27, 2014 12:08am

This money will go straight to off shore accounts of bureaucrats and politicians.. It will not help with food or medicine.for IDP's.

Jun 27, 2014 12:11am

Thank you USAID. We cannot expect ANY help from our own government.

Jun 27, 2014 12:15am

Thank you USAID. And what are our three provinces doing for IDPs? Trying to block their entry in their respective provinces.

Jun 27, 2014 12:19am

God bless the USA. For all the haters, this is one country is the helping feed and provide food for the displaced Pakistanis.

Jun 27, 2014 12:30am

I doubt if the aid will reach the displaced persons. Most part of it will go into corruption. USA must oversea the process, and do not rely upon the Pakistani government. It is a country of thugs.

Jun 27, 2014 02:57am

@Khalid Khan helped what???? were in this mess because of them

Jun 27, 2014 03:10am

Another 8 Million added to Nawaz Account.

Jun 27, 2014 03:32am

Dawn is so not democratic for reviewing comments! Everywhere on BBC and CNN and Washington Times you can comment anything and these small minded Dawn people won't allow anything from anyone. Just their praise!

Jun 27, 2014 03:59am

@Kalash wala It is not paid in cash, USAID will provide it to WFP and they will buy wheat and provide flour to IDPs, therefore spare your negativity for some other day

Shahid Khan
Jun 27, 2014 04:08am

Thanks USA!!

A shah
Jun 27, 2014 04:17am

Our masters have thrown us a few scraps again. Where are our all wheather friends china when we need them?

Jun 27, 2014 04:47am

where are our Muslim brotherhood countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar and strategical partner (sub stranded goods maker) China?

Jun 27, 2014 05:56am

We don't want your money. Please go away. We have our all weather friend, China and our spiritual friend Saudi Arabia to help us.

Jun 27, 2014 09:47am

China will beat USA and donate $10 billion.

Amir Bangash
Jun 29, 2014 12:47am

Thanks to USA for their usual help to IDPs. They really need help from international community because they have left every thing behind and presently with out food and shelters.