Over 100,000 flee fighting in northwestern Pakistan: UNHCRMarch 31st, 2012 - 12:05 am ICT by IANS
Geneva, March 30 (IANS) An estimated 101,160 people, mostly women and children, have been displaced since Jan 20 when government troops began security operations against militant groups in Khyber Agency region in northwestern Pakistan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Friday.
UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said the recent increase in the intensity of the fighting was driving even larger numbers of families to flee the region to the Jalozai camp, where UNHCR is providing them with basic humanitarian supplies and the World Food Programme with food aid, reported Xinhua.
The vast majority choose to live outside the camp with host families.
UNHCR registered a total of 1,721 families or 7,054 individuals on Wednesday alone, the agency said, and the average since March 17 has been nearly 2,000 families each day.
- 100,000 people displaced in Pakistan this year - Mar 31, 2012
- Military operation in Pakistan may displace 600,000 people - Jun 08, 2012
- 30,000 Syrian refugees cross into Lebanon: UN - Jul 20, 2012
- Sri Lankan refugees return from India - Oct 12, 2011
- UN estimates another $840 mn needed for Pakistan - Apr 26, 2012
- Pakistan repatriates over 3.7 mn Afghan refugees - Jan 04, 2012
- Number of Syria refugees rises to 200,000: UN - Aug 26, 2012
- UN observes World Refugee Day - Jun 21, 2012
- 80,000 people flee Mali as clashes continue - Mar 02, 2012
- Sweden deports Iraqi refugees - Jan 20, 2011
- UN deplores killing of Somali refugee leader at Kenya camp - Jan 01, 2012
- 80,000 displaced in Myanmar unrest - Jul 28, 2012
- Nearly 230,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries: UN - Sep 01, 2012
- United Nations reports that 63,000 people displaced in Somalia - Jan 20, 2010
- 765,000 people displaced in northwest Pakistan return home: UN - Aug 11, 2009
Tags: food aid, geneva, government troops, host families, humanitarian supplies, intensity, march 17, melissa fleming, militant groups, northwestern pakistan, security operations, spokeswoman, unhcr, united nations, united nations high commissioner, united nations high commissioner for refugees, world food programme, xinhua