Germany announces €1m aid for NW IDPs

July 31, 2014

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Workers prepare to distribute food supplies to civilians, fleeing a military operation in the North Waziristan tribal agency, at a World Food Programme aid distribution centre in Bannu. — File photo by AFP
Workers prepare to distribute food supplies to civilians, fleeing a military operation in the North Waziristan tribal agency, at a World Food Programme aid distribution centre in Bannu. — File photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: The German government has announced one million Euro in immediate assistance to support the relief activities of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the north-west of Pakistan through a project ‘Enhancing Food and Nutrition Security and Rebuilding Social Cohesion for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan tribal agency.

"The ongoing military operations have displaced significant parts of the population in that area; a fact which is exhibited in the recent exodus from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)’s North Waziristan Agency," a spokesperson for German embassy in Islamabad said.

"The assistance would ensure the food security and nutrition of IDP in the north-west, support their return and facilitate recovery and would restore and stabilise the nutritional status of vulnerable populations in Pakistan’s most food-insecure areas," the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, sources in the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the organisation has provided medicines worth USD 250,000 for internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan tribal region.

The sources further said that the medicines were sufficient to cater the needs of over 114,000 patients and added that necessary equipment was also provided to District Headquarters Hospital Bannu.

Pakistan's military launched Zarb-i-Azb operation against Taliban militants in North Waziristan Agency following a brazen attack on Karachi International Airport and failure of peace talks between govt and Taliban nominated negotiators.

Around one million IDPs belonging to 90,750 families had been registered since the beginning of the operation.