DRC helps displaced through the cold winter in PakistanBakhtier and Azaad are only two out of many vulnerable displaced people who have benefitted from the distribution of winterization kits in Bannu, Pakistan, which DRC and UNHCR have distributed as part of the humanitarian community’s emergency response to some of the most vulnerable people in the area.
Bakhtiar and Azaad from Pakistan both suffer from serious disabilities that have for a long time made it impossible for them to support their families. The winter is cold in Pakistan, and the many displaced people are now extra vulnerable, especially disabled people like Bakhtiar and Azaad. Bakhtiar suffers from polio and Azaad is permenantly disabled from a work accident that forces him to sit in a wheelchair. DRC Pakistan’s community mobilizers met them during the recent distribution of winterization kits in the Bannu District.
Until now, Bakhtiar and his family have been supported by his brothers, while Azaad has received assistance from his father. During the recent military offensive, Bakhtiar and Azaad, both largely challenged by their disabilities, were however forced to flee from their birth villages and are now suffering from the cold winter in Pakistan together with more than 1 million other displaced people. DRC Pakistan is therefore expanding its assistance to displaced persons from the North Waziristan Agency in Bannu.
During the distribution of winterization kit, DRC was able to identify Bakhtiar’s and Azaad’s vulnerabilities and provide them with winterization kits containing for example quilts and blankets that can help them through the cold weather. Additionally, DRC has supported 37,760 individuals from September to December 2014 with hyginene promotion sessions, distribution of hygiene kits, water storage containers and other NFI kits, as well as through the construction of latrines and washing pads.
DRC’s support will continue through the winter and gradually turn its attention towards including livelihood activities that can help the displaced once they are able to return to the North Waziristan Agency. The support is funded by Danida as well as DRC’s Emergency Funds.