The displacement of population due to insecurity and natural disasters has been a major humanitarian concern for the past few years. Recurrent security operations in Pakistan’s north-west region have resulted in 1.6 million new or previously displaced people in 2015. Monsoon floods in 2015 affected approximately 1.6 million people in more than 4,000 villages. Pakistan also suffers from a prevalence of under-nutrition with an estimated 14.7 million pregnant and lactating women and 22.2 million children affected. The Government of Pakistan, with support from the humanitarian community is leading the efforts to meet the needs of these populations.
Neil Buhne is the Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Resident Coordinator for Pakistan.
Pakistan is home to some of the most resilient people I have met; people who have not lost courage and hope in the face of adversity despite having to overcome tragedy and rebuild their lives time and time again. My colleagues and I are confident that they will persevere on this occasion - and we stand ready to support them as they do. more..