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Episcopal Relief & Development Provides Emergency Aid to Internally Displaced People in Pakistan

The ongoing fighting between Pakistan's military and the Taliban rebels has caused massive chaos, violence and displacement in the country. According to USAID, more than two million citizens have been forced out of their homes since the fighting intensified in early May. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to increase at an alarming rate. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, claims that the current displacement crisis in Pakistan is the most significant and fastest growing since the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

Episcopal Relief &Development is partnering with the Diocese of Peshawar in Pakistan in response to this IDP emergency. The Diocese of Peshawar has set up a relief camp to accommodate families who have lost their homes due to the fighting. Rising temperatures are making conditions in the camp increasingly difficult, especially for newborns and expectant mothers. The diocese is taking precautions to avoid heatstroke as well as water related diseases and malaria. In addition to shelter and basic provisions, the Diocesan Mission Hospital in Peshawar is providing free medical services.

The displaced people are in immediate need of critical food and basic supplies. Emergency funds from Episcopal Relief &Development will provide 600 displaced people with relief packages containing essential provisions including grains, beans, sugar, dry milk, cooking oils, soap, sanitation supplies and matches.

"Our local partners in the Diocese of Peshawar are doing everything within their power to care for the recently displaced people in the face of dangerous and increasingly overwhelming conditions" said Julie Petrie, Episcopal Relief & Development Program Officer for Asia. "We will remain in close contact with our partners in Pakistan and will respond in the upcoming months with additional aid to assist civilians who have been forced out of their homes by the ongoing conflict."

To make a contribution to help displaced families in Pakistan, please make a donation online at www.er-d.org, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief &Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.



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