UNCHR hands over 4,000 tents, relief kits to FDMA

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PESHAWAR: The UN Refugees Agency on Wednesday handed over 4,000 tents, 8,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 core relief item kits to FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to facilitate returns to South Waziristan and \north Waziristan Agencies.
Most of Pakistan Temporary Displaced people have returned to their home in tribal areas while some 49,000 families still awaiting their return.
The UNHCR representative in Pakistan, Indrika Ratwatte formally handed over the shelter materials to the Director General FDMA, Muhammad Khalid and officials from TDPs secretariat at the FATA Secretariat here.
Indrika Ratwatte said that UNHCR always stood by the people of Pakistan in time of crisis. He said that those going back had been displaced for year and their lives had been severely disrupted.
Indrika Ratwatte said that the much needed shelter materials will provide the most needy people who are in the dire need of shelter some relief until they are able to reconstruct their damaged houses.
UNHCR representative also welcomed the government’s commitment to ensue the return of TDPs is carried out voluntarily and in safety and dignity.
The UNHCR as part of the wider United Nations response in Pakistan support the government of Pakistan with the return of TDPs to areas in country where the security situation has improved.
UNHCR had supported the Pakistani communities throughout the period from displacement to return.
From 2010 to 2016 UNHCR has provided 200 million dollar to the TDPs operations in Pakistan, for shelter and non food items.
In 2016, UNHCR assisted the displaced population and 40,000 returnee families with emergency shelters and core relief items in FATA (Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai and South and North Waziristan Agencies).
Speaking on the occasion Director General FDMA, Muhammad Khalid said that 96 percent TDPs have returned to their native areas. He said that the government is taking measures for return of remaining TDPs in their respective areas.

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