Despite the increasingly challenging security context in many areas of Pakistan, CWS-P/A’s humanitarian efforts to support displaced communities continue in the North West Frontier Province.
Humanitarian staff deaths
On March 10, six staff from World Vision were killed in a direct attack on their office in Mansehra, Pakistan. Eight staff were injured during the attack and CWS-P/A health staff from Mansehra provided medical support at the hospital where the wounded staff were taken.
In addition, on March 13, three staff from CWS-P/A implementing partner LASOONA were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a police checkpoint near a government building in Mingora, the capital of the Swat district. While this attack was not directly targeting aid workers, it underscores the great difficulties facing humanitarian operations in the country. This attack follows a February suicide bombing in Mingora that forced CWS-P/A to close its Swat office for three days.
Recent CWS-P/A projects in Dera Ismael Khan for those affected by the conflict in South Waziristan have successfully been completed.
As of March 31, an emergency water and sanitation intervention in DI Khan was completed for 1,000 internally displaced families living with host communities. The project, funded by Concern Worldwide and the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, was implemented by local partner VEER.
Additionally, CWS-P/A has completed the distribution of non-food items to 1,000 displaced families, supported by World Vision.
In Swat, a new emergency health project for is currently underway to assist 40,200 people in Swat – both returnees and stayees. A separate food security and livelihoods project for 2,000 small-scale farmers and landless households is currently being implemented by LASOONA. Distribution of inputs will begin this month. Both Swat projects are supported by DanChurchAid and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).