In June 2009, we launched an appeal to help hundreds of thousands of people who were displaced by fighting in Pakistan. This appeal is now closed. Thank you to everyone who donated. Find out below why we needed donations, and how we helped displaced people in Pakistan.
Why we needed your help
Between August 2008 and June 2009, an estimated 3.5 million people were displaced by fighting in the North-West Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, making this the largest and fastest growing displacement worldwide in 15 years. Many stayed with relatives and friends in safer areas, while around 276,000 fled to displacement camps.
Most of them have now either returned home or settled elsewhere.
At the height of the conflict, ICRC field officer Imran Mehmood said: "People are running down their savings. With aid distributions, we are trying to prevent them from selling their possessions to purchase basic necessities.”
How we helped
The Pakistan Red Crescent, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) worked together to provide people with a wide range of support.
Emergency response activities
Our emergency response activities included:
- running camps for tens of thousands of displaced people
- distributing food and other essential goods, such as soap and medical supplies, to people in the camps as well as those staying with host families
- re-establishing family links between displaced people and their relatives.
Many displaced families lost touch with relatives because of the fighting. ICRC staff delivered messages for them and let them make free telephone calls.
In the camps, water and sanitation teams provided access to clean water and ensured dignified conditions, including showers and community kitchens.
The ICRC hospital for the weapon wounded in Peshawar performed hundreds of operations on patients evacuated from the areas of fighting. The Pakistan Red Crescent operated three ambulances to bring patients requiring urgent care to Mingora Hospital. One ambulance was staffed with medical doctors to treat patients in the field.
Providing emergency relief
On 25 June 2009, the British Red Cross made a £215,000 donation to help pay for food for around 7,500 families. We pledged an extra £110,275 from our Disaster Fund the following week to provide other supplies to 1,000 displaced families living in public buildings, including schools and chicken factories. This included:
- 4,000 bed sheets
- 16,000 jerry cans
- 2,000 plastic buckets and kerosene lamps
- 1,000 family hygiene kits and sleeping mats
The British Red Cross also deployed two staff to support the response, including a nurse for the ICRC hospital in Peshawar and a household economic security expert.
Last updated 24 June 2010