It is very sad to see our brothers being refugees in our own homeland. Tens of thousands of Pakistanis are daily escaping from the killing fields of Swat and other areas. Pakistan is now confronting its largest-ever internal refugee population. By global standards this is the largest refugee issue that has erupted in the last fifteen years.
The refugees are on the front-line of sacrificing for the defense of Pakistan. For now they do not have their daily belongings, no livelihood, no schools,no medical facilities,no normal household comforts, no toilets, no kitchens. According to them it was easy to have a sleep in the sound of bombshells than sleeping in the camps. 'Out of the frying pan into the fire’ would better describe the situation of helpless people called the Internally Displaced People.
The trauma of the refugees is endless. The Swati people, including females and children, reached Mardan with their blistered and swollen feet due to excessive walk but unfortunately they are still awaiting our response.
No coordination mechanism is in place. Every NGO and GO is working in their own style. More families have arrived in the camp but there is no more space for them. There is no body to guide the new comers about other camps established for IDPs.
As a nation what we need is national response to this refugee crisis. We must appreciate the fact that the people of Swat/Malakand as sacrificing on the frontlines for ensuring the security of Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan, its citizens, its values, and its Constitution and its state.
Due to this emergency situation in Mardan, our Tele-healthcare team, in collaboration with its stakeholders (NUST, APPNA, UMTrust, among others) has launched a massive healthcare relief effort for the refugees streaming in from the Buner & Swat district.
Our hospital UMTrust is located in Zahidabad at the border of Buner District and therefore, we have seen a huge influx of refugees in our area these past few weeks. In fact, we have estimated close to 200,000 refugees in a 10KM radius of our facility. We have treated our 10,000 patient in rural Mardan in 120 days of regular operations. This number is rising as more IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) cross into Mardan District.
We are also distributing free medicines and extending free healthcare advise and diagnosis to all the IDPs. Our medical staff is making rounds in the area to treat patients on site if they are unable to visit our medical facility in village Zahidabad, which is 4 km from the town of Rustum in NWFP, Pakistan.
In this hour of the need for refugees we need your support as we are running desperately short on medical supplies. No international non-profit is operating in that area and thus their limited resources are under a lot of stress.
A photo stream of our efforts can be seen here at View Pictures of Buner Refugees
The list of required items can be seen at: list