Pakistan: UN voices concern over destruction of health facilities

With many health centres in north-western Pakistan having been destroyed or looted during recent clashes between Government forces and militants, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed apprehension about supporting the 1.5 million uprooted people returning to their homes.

UN agencies discuss early recovery efforts with Pakistani authorities

United Nations officials have wrapped up a mission to Swat district in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to discuss the strengthening of humanitarian assistance to those uprooted by military operations in the region, as well as early recovery efforts.

Veteran French diplomat named UN special envoy for assistance to Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the current French Ambassador to the United Nations as his Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, a newly-created position, it was announced today.

Pakistani returns to north-west top 1 million, reports UN

Around 1.6 million of the over 2 million people displaced by conflict in Pakistan’s north-west have returned to their villages, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, citing Government figures.

FEATURE: Pakistani host families play crucial role in UN aid efforts

Their names may not make headlines or their faces grace television screens, but to United Nations officials and hundreds of thousands of their fellow Pakistanis, people such as Haji Akbar and Shahzaman are the true heroes of what is one of the largest displacement crises in the world today.

Deadly floods hit north-west Pakistan, UN aid agencies say

Flash foods, triggered by heavy rainfall last week, have resulted in over two dozen deaths and more than 400 houses reportedly destroyed in north-west Pakistan, United Nations humanitarian agencies said today.

Over 750,000 uprooted Pakistanis return home, UN reports

Out of the more than 2 million people uprooted by clashes between Government forces and militants in north-western Pakistan, some 765,000 have now returned to their homes, but continued fighting is causing a fresh round of displacement, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today.