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I`m making a research about the refugees camps in the North of Pakistan, close to Afghanistan.
If anyone knows which the most important camps in this area are, or any other details related to this subject please let me know. It will be very helpful.
Thank you very much!

by Mirela Summer at 2010-04-29 10:42:16 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Most of the refugee camps were in NWFP – near peshawar – although status is unclear as the Pakistani state finally succeeded in clearing/razing many of them. Worth checking out is Kachagari – was one of the oldest camps for Afghan refugees, completely demolished and cleared in 2008, then re-occupied by IDPs from Bajaur and Swat in 2009. Jalozai and Shamshatsu were the other major population centers. I haven’t been there recently, so can’t speak to current conditions.

by teru kuwayama | 29 Apr 2010 17:04 | Palo Alto, California, United States | | Report spam→
at this time there is refugee camp in North West that is jalozai(nowshera) ,where most of the people are IDPs (Internally displaced persons) came from bajour, mahmmand agency.

by S.A.Qureshi | 29 Apr 2010 18:04 | Islamabad, Pakistan | | Report spam→
I’ve worked around Peshawar on this issue in January and February 2009. 450,000 IDPs who turned into 2 millions during the following summer with the Swat problem. The former afghan refugees camp is called Kacha Ghari – the Afghan people were forced to leave. But, at that time, 70% of the IDPs were OUTSIDE the official camps : lack of informations, various problems due to the extreme life in camps, settled in relatives places,…
That story is very important to report about. And the political side is relevant, too. I’ve learned so much on site…
I plan to go back there on the next winter.
I could send you some infos and contacts directly on your email.
The Pashtu population is so great and worth your visit !

by Seb Geo | 29 Apr 2010 19:04 | Sivignon, France | | Report spam→
FYI – the reports of 2 million IDPs from Swat are extremely questionable. As noted, only a small fraction (actually far less than 30%) of that number was visible or verifiable in IDP camps – As always, the numbers are extrapolated, and probably inflated by agencies with a vested interest in “massive” numbers.

Not to say that there wasn’t or isn’t a refugee crisis, but don’t go to NWFP with the expection of seeing millions of people in tents.

In theory, Pakistan has a refugee/IDP population of well over 10 million from conflict and natural disaster in Afghanistan, Kashmir, FATA and Swat – the reality is anyone’s guess.

by teru kuwayama | 29 Apr 2010 20:04 | Palo Alto, California, United States | | Report spam→
Thank you all for your answers.

Seb Geo, it will be great if you could send me the info and contacts you were talking about on my email: msummer@cristianmovila.com

by Mirela Summer | 30 Apr 2010 08:04 | Bucharest, Romania | | Report spam→
Hi Robert,

I already knew about that UMHCR link about Pakistan, but thank you anyway for the help.

by Mirela Summer | 30 Apr 2010 10:04 | Bucharest, Romania | | Report spam→

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