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Humanitarian Bulletin - Issue 32 | December 2014 – January 2015

In 2014, Pakistan faced several humanitarian challenges: internal displacements, floods and drought-like situations in some areas. These challenges continue to pose difficulties for a large number of communities. In close cooperation with the international community, the Government of Pakistan’s responded to emergencies and dealt with the humanitarian impact on populations.

In 2014, security operations forced over 1 million people to leave their homes, mainly in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and Khyber Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). In January and March 2014, an estimated 45,000 people fled their homes in NWA fearing a deterioration in security. The affected population subsequently returned to their areas of origin, however this improvement was temporary.

As a response to a breakdown in security and growing challenges posed by nonstate armed militants, the Government launched two security operations in 2014. The operations—Zarb-e-Azb, launched in June in NWA and Khyber One in Khyber Agency in October—mainly focusing on Bara and Tirah Valley resulted in displacing over 233,000 families1 (1.4 million people). This makes 2014 the year with most displacements since 2009, taking the total number of the displaced to approximately 1.6 million. Displaced people continue to need education, food, health, non-food items, shelter, protection services, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. 

Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
15 Feb 2015
Document type: 
Humanitarian Bulletin
Location(s): 
Islamabad
Theme(s): 
Information Management
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Pakistan: Complex Emergency in KP & FATA
Pakistan: North Waziristan Internal Displacement 2014-2017