Funding crisis threatens aid for Pakistan’s 2.5 million displaced people

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 15 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2447
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Aid for millions of people displaced by fighting in Pakistan’s Swat valley is being jeopardised by a severe funding shortage, as the imminent arrival of the annual monsoon threatens to worsen conditions further, a group of international aid agencies has warned. The nine agencies issuing the alert face a combined shortfall of £26m (€31m; $43m).

    “This is the worst funding crisis we’ve faced in over a decade for a major humanitarian emergency,” said Jane Cocking, Oxfam’s humanitarian director. “Some 2.5 million people have fled their homes. One month into this emergency Oxfam is £4m short, and [we] will have to turn our backs on some of the world’s most vulnerable people.” …

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