Press Releases

09 Jul 2015
Pakistan: Meeting psychosocial needs of older IDPs

Stress counselling helps older IDPs to cope with difficult circumstances

Khayal Mera, 65, led a quiet life in her small village in the Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency, FATA, until April 2013 when conflict broke out between rival armed groups and security operations against non-state armed actors ensued.

Her husband was killed in the conflict and then she lost her only son in a bomb blast. Her miseries grew further when she had to leave her...

09 Jul 2015
Pakistan: New hopes for IDP children in Dera Ismail Khan

"Za ba officer joray gam", (I want to become an officer), said Ilyas Rehman, 10, clutching his recently acquired schoolbag outside his tented classroom at the Government Primary School Sheikh Yousuf in Dera Ismail Khan, FATA. The school is one of the 80 institutions in Dera Ismail Khan supported by the ERF. The ERF supports various initiatives to encourage children from displaced families living among the host community to attend school.

Ilyas, a student...

09 Jul 2015
Pakistan: ERF addresses shelter needs in communities devastated by monsoon floods

Asho Mai, 50, lived with her family of nine in a one-room house in Rajanpur District, in Pakistan’s north-western Punjab Province. Her husband rented a small farm where he grew cotton, earning enough to support the family’s simple life.

“We had a mud house, a livelihood and a content life,” said Asho. She explained that life was difficult, but no more difficult than in most village communities in rural Pakistan.

However, in August 2013, heavy monsoon rains...

09 Jul 2015
Pakistan: Improving nutrition practices: new hope for one family

Ilam Taj looks towards the grey wintery sky to say a quick prayer of thanks for her daughter, Afaida, who is bubbling with energy. Taj’s mother-in-law, Feroza Bibi, joins her in prayer, “Praise be to Allah for he gave her back to us”.

Looking at her daughter, Taj narrates the story, “We took her to so many places to get her healthy. We even visited doctors which cost us a lot of money but nothing happened. Slowly she was withering away…bit by bit…As our men are away...

09 Jul 2015
Pakistan: Grievance and Legal Desks help displaced people

As a result of security operations in North Waziristan Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) more than 1 million people were reportedly displaced to various areas of neighbouring districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; into Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh Provinces; and into Afghanistan.

The FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) set up a registration centre at Ali Zai in lower Kurram Agency to register these families as displaced.

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