Internally Displaced People in Pakistan

Updates about IDPs from FATA, Swat, Dir and Buner

Latest UN OCHA Situation Report

Posted by Administrator on May 21, 2009

The latest report issued by the Humanitarian Coordinator’s Office / OCHA in Pakistan, on behalf of the UN Humanitarian Country Team. It covers the period from 12 May to 19 May.


  • 2,321,000 IDPs have been registered (as at 19 May) – about 275,000 in camps and 2,046,000 outside camps
  • 26 camps are now in operation in 6 districts
  • Tens of thousands remaining in areas of intense fighting with limited access to food, water and emergency medical care
  • The public launch of the revised Humanitarian Response Plan is scheduled for Friday 22 May in Islamabad.

Find the full report in the Key Documents section, here, as well as an Activity Report issued by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on its relief activities in Mazdoorabad.


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If you’re in the United States…

Posted by Administrator on May 20, 2009

By texting the word “swat” to the number 20222, anyone can make a $5 donation to the UN High Commissioner’s Office for Refugees for use in the Swat Valley crisis.

You too, can text $5 to the relief effort, as announced by Madam Secretary Clinton at

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WFP’s Map of IDP Camps and Humanitarian Hub

Posted by Administrator on May 19, 2009

WFP's Map of IDP Camps and Humanitarian Hub

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NWFP Provincial Government Emergency Response Unit Website

Posted by Administrator on May 19, 2009

The newly established Emergency Response Unit of the Provincial Government of the NWFP is located within the Provincial Relief Commissionerate (whose updates we’ve been uploading in the Key Documents section, here).

The ERU has established a website to serve as a clearinghouse mechanism for IDPs issues at

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New Updates Uploaded…

Posted by Administrator on May 18, 2009

May 18, The Researchers, an Islamabad-based group has produced a comprehensive update on IDPs, IDP numbers, camps information and who to contact to provide support. You can download the document, from the Key Documents (here) section.

May 18, Al-Khidmat Foundation has also produced a report update on the IDPs situation and what they are doing to support the IDPs. The report can be downloaded from the Key Documents section, here.

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NADRA’s Response…

Posted by Administrator on May 17, 2009

In the interest of fairness, I am re-posting NADRA Deputy Chairman, Mr. Tariq Malik’s response to this website’s post on the Rs. 50/ charge being levied on IDPs that are trying to re-establish their particulars in light of their displacement.

“Thanks for pointing out an important issue on your blog. Let me clarify that there is no fee for IDP registration. The people in IDP camps are eligible to get free of cost ID cards. Strict disciplinary action will be taken against NADRA employee who demands for any fee from IDPs. NADRA has deputed a lot of Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs) which are parked and/or moving in the effected registering and delivering ID cards free of cost. The snapshot is misleading as it shows a reciept of NADRAs electronic application called eSahulat which is available in various parts of Pakistan for citizens to verify a citizens credentials as to whether the person is legal citizen of Pakistan or not (to combat Identity fraud). It appears that the friends and relatives of IDP living in other parts of Pakistan are using these machines (not located in IDP camps) helping to verify ID cards of IDPs so that they can get speedy services. IDPs must contact MRVs for free services. We are going to run a public awareness campaign on this issue.”

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Video from the Hathian IDP Camps

Posted by Administrator on May 16, 2009

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Latest Figures: 0115 hrs (May 16th)

Posted by Administrator on May 15, 2009

Registered IDPs’ Totals, Source; Provincial Welfare Department….

More numbers available at Key Documents 

Off camp


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Profit-machine NADRA…even with IDPs

Posted by Administrator on May 14, 2009

Note one of the pictures in the gallery below, from our visit to Hathian on May 14. 

NADRA is charging Rs.50 for folks who lost/misplaced or had thier cards destroyed in the process of fleeing thier homes. The provincial government, district government, civil society and individual citizens are doing all they can to feed, house and clothe these IDPs. 

The federal government charges them Rs.50 for thier Identification Cards. Call your MNA, Senator, Uncle, or Auntie, call anybody and everybody you can, and tell them how outrageous this is. NADRA should stick to making money on contracts from foreign governments (as it does when it mass produces machine readable passports for other countries). This software house financed by the taxpayer should not be charging IDPs for a document that is a human and constititional right in Pakistan.

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New Pictures from Second Hathian IDP Camps Visit (May 14)

Posted by Administrator on May 14, 2009

Made a second visit to the Hathian camp, with three truckloads of items purchased with donations from 7 people. Phenomenal response, and a deep and complex set of realities defining the logistics at the camp sites (in this case in school buildings, and people’s homes in Hathian). More details to follow… some pictures in the meanwhile…

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