Stories about Refugees from June, 2009
Baitullah Mehsud, a Taliban leader, is currently the most wanted man in Pakistan and is responsible for many recent terrorist attacks in the country. The Pakistan army has recently started an operation against Baitullah Mehsud and his allies but the offensive threatens displacing more people from the region which can lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.
Chapati Mystery highlights two inspiring Americans who are helping the IDPs in Pakistan.
Rohini Hensman from Sri Lanka asks “why are the Vanni civilians still being held hostage?”
Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan thanks Hollywood actress and international celebrity Angelina Jolie who announced a US$ 1 million donation to help the internally displaced Pakistanis.
In Gaza, Ayman Quader interviews nine-year-old Ali Aqran, whose family is living in poverty: “As a child what did I do wrong to be treated so cruelly?”
The Humanitarian Chronicle publishes a report from an anonymous writer who visited some camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in northern Sri Lanka. Accompanying with these pictures the author portrays the grief and lack of hope of the IDPs.
Four hundred migrant workers, including their children who were studying in school, were arrested by Thai border guards who also burnt the houses, clothes and kitchen wares of migrants in the village who had managed to escape arrest.
The Humanitarian Chronicle posts a personal journal of Nancy E. Smith of Humedica Bangladesh Team who describes the relief efforts conducted towards the Cyclone Aila victims in Southern Bangladesh. More images can be found in another post.
Pak Tea House quotes an woman from an IDP camp in Mingawera, Swat: “People outside Swat think we had Islam and Shariat. There is no Islam in Swat. The Taliban have finished it.”
The Czech Daily Word writes about Czech Roma asylum seekers in Canada.
Teeth Mastro discusses about a recent report on the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Pakistan titled “A tragedy of errors and Cover-ups:The IDPs and outcome of military actions in FATA and Malakand Division”. The Human Rights Commission Of Pakistan published the report.
Paritosh Chakma at Musings of a Chakma draws attention to the fact that in Mizoram state of India the land of many Chakma indigenous population have been acquired by the government to make way to border fencing along the Mizoram-Bangladesh border. “There is no plan to rehabilitate the displaced Chakmas...
Access to many Sri Lankan IDP camps are still limited to the international journalists and aid workers and the information are suppressed. So it is hard to hear the voices from these IDP camps. Regini David, a human rights, women and workers' rights activist, has been working with vulnerable people for the past 23 years. In her blog, ‘Unheard Voices‘, she has started writing about the very unheard voices from Sri Lanka, voices of the people she worked with.