Islamabad: The UN on Friday appealed for $543 million in extra humanitarian relief to ease the “incredible suffering” of over 1.5 million people displaced by fighting between military and the Taliban in the northwestern Swat valley and adjoining areas in Pakistan.
“The scale of this displacement is extraordinary in terms of size and speed, and has caused incredible suffering,” said Martin Mogwanja, acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator.
A total of 165 projects run by 52 UN agencies and NGO partners need over $543 million, the world body said in a statement.
With $88.5 million provided or committed, the UN called for the remaining $454.6 million to be contributed urgently to fund the assistance needed by the most vulnerable and worst affected of the displaced.
“We are calling for generous support from the international community, in addition to the assistance being provided by both ordinary families and the national authorities,” Mogwanja said.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani chaired a donors’ conference in Islamabad on to seek more aid and officials said the world community had so far responded with pledges of $224 million.