IOM appeals for $16 mln to help displaced people in Pakistan

21:40, February 09, 2010      

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International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday appealed for 16 million U.S. dollars in 2010 to contribute to relief and rehabilitation activities for families displaced by military operations in north-western Pakistan.

The IOM appeal is part of a joint UN Flash Appeal, also called Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan (PHRP) 2010.

The IOM appeal includes funding to provide emergency shelter for returning vulnerable families; reconstruction and development of essential community infrastructure affected by military operations; security awareness training for the humanitarian community; mass communications and disaster risk management programming with local government.

The PHRP 2010 is seeking 537 million dollars to help some 800, 000 displaced people this year. It includes 169 projects proposed by 68 national and international NGOs, U.N. and inter-governmental agencies, including IOM, to support humanitarian work in the country.

"Vulnerable families are not getting the support they need to live in dignity. We urgently need to help them, the host families they are currently living with, and their communities of origin, to create the conditions for their sustainable return home," said Brian Kelly, Head of IOM Pakistan's Emergency and Stabilization Unit.

IOM programming focuses on supporting vulnerable families with shelter and other assistance, restoring community infrastructure in areas of return, and providing common services to the humanitarian community.

These include security training for organizations working in the affected areas, as well mass information campaigns targeting displaced communities with messages on behalf of local government and humanitarian organizations.

IOM also plans to set up a Housing Reconstruction Centre (HRC) to accelerate progress of reconstruction work in Swat District by providing training, field and coordination support to various implementing partners.

The new funding will also allow IOM to rehabilitate up to 200 community-level infrastructure schemes in Malakand and FATA, in line with the government's early recovery and rehabilitation plan.

To restore public trust in governance systems and institutions in the conflict-affected districts of Malakand Division in northwest Pakistan, IOM will also strengthen the disaster response capacity of the district and provincial disaster management authorities with active participation of communities.

Source: Xinhua
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