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    Posted July 21, 2014 by
    Karachi, Pakistan

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    Plight of displaced minorities of North Waziristan

    STORY: As a result of ongoing military operation in North Waziristan which has displaced millions of people there are also minority families who are battling for their survival.
    Among 600,000 displaced tribesmen of North Waziristan, about 34 families were of Christians who took shelter in missionary school of Bannu.
    Majority of Christian community in Bannu is helping those families. They have been adjusted at local Saint John Bosko Model School in Bannu city. According to them, neither government’s representatives nor the political leadership of minorities have so far come to help them.
    Arshad Nayyar,the priest of Saint John Bosko School, have said that this time they have almost 34 families and almost 120 or 130 persons all together which they are currently serving.
    He further said that they appeal to government for these people and first of all they want water for those displaced families, they don’t have toilets so they want this current government and different NGOs who are working to support refugees to provide them basic necessities.
    The ancestors of these Christians were employed by the British rulers of India on low ranking government jobs in North Waziristan. Every member of this community has his/her own sorrowful tale to share since they left their homes for Bannu in the wake of military offensive.
    Rehana, a woman among them shared her comments that this current war situation they have arrived here on foot and reached here after quite difficulty. They request prime minister to get them registered and solve their all problems and difficulties. She said she had been serving 23 years in Miranshah so kindly PM should focus on their problems and solve them. The basic problem is that people don’t have money therefore as soon as possible money should be given to people so that they can solve their problems.”
    Another woman named Maryam sharing her miseries said that they have come here with quite difficulty as they had to spent night on roads, slept on roads, then have reached here in such difficulty and are very thankful to Father Arshad Nayyar that he has given them such place to live. She thanked government who has given them ration and given everything here. But she also cried that they are very poor and having sick children nobody there is to ask who can help them.
    The government’s relief agencies and the relevant quarters have been engaged in a blame game trying to shift the responsibility to others and holding them responsible for the uncertainty in the disbursement of the relief to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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