Posts Tagged ‘IDP camps’

17 Mar 2010 13:05:00 GMT

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (AlertNet) – On the side of the highway, neat rows of thatch-roofed huts patched with orange and blue tarpaulin bake in the sun.

There are few trees and even fewer shaded areas. It’s not much better inside the rickety houses, built so close the stifling heat envelops you from all directions. Welcome to the Elian Annex evacuation centre in Datu Saudi Ampatuan municipality in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao. The official blue cards of the 280 plus families living here say “returned”, but the reality is different. (more…)

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ICHRIAN, Pakistan, Aug 22 (Reuters) – As the Muslim month of Ramadan begins, tens of thousands of Pakistanis forced to flee their homes by war against the Taliban will have no choice but to languish in camps or host families over the religious period.

About 2.3 million people were forced from their homes by fighting in the northwest, most after government forces launched an offensive against Taliban militants in Swat in April, creating one of the largest internal displacements in recent times. (more…)

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COLOMBO, Aug 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Sri Lankan police in the northern town of Vavuniya plan to prevent the internally displaced people from leaving government welfare camps, local media reported Friday.

Senior police officials in the region said that around 40 of the displaced people had been arrested for attempted escape. (more…)

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BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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The London based human rights group, Amnesty International, has called on Sri Lanka authorities to properly address the human rights issues of thousands of displaced Tamils.

Nearly 300,000 IDPs (Internally Displaced People) are housed in camps in northern Sri Lankan district of Vavuniya.

Launching a campaign titled “Unlock the camps,” the AI has described the centres where the IDPs are kept as “detention camps”.

The government of Sri Lanka calls the holding facilities as “welfare centres”.

“The camps are overcrowded and unsanitary. They are run by the military and the camp residents are prevented from leaving them; they are denied basic legal safeguards,” a statement issued by the AI said. (more…)

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* Colombo says to resettle 75,000 by end of August

* U.S. seeks end to detention, faster resettlement

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has indicated it plans to release by the end of August 75,000 of the 280,000 Tamil civilians confined to displacement camps since the close of the country’s civil war, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, welcoming the news but urging Colombo to move faster.

Eric Schwartz, U.S. assistant secretary at the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, visited the camps late last month and said the figures were “encouraging news.”

But the United States, which has provided aid to the camps and is ready to offer more to help the displaced Tamils go home, was dismayed so many were being held against their will, he said. (more…)

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New York Times


The Pakistan military’s offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley has been hailed as a success despite the exodus of some two million men, women and children. Information is sparse because the area is still closed to the outside world, but reports from relief officials are trickling out and they say the dismal plight of the displaced and those returning home threatens to squander gains from disrupting the Taliban.

During the offensive it became clear that the Pakistan government had not planned a coordinated response to the exodus of noncombatants — one of the biggest migrations in recent times. Many displaced people sought shelter among their extended families or among friends. Perhaps 50 percent ended up squatting in schools or staying with strangers. Others sought refuge in the limited number of camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Most are living under terribly difficult conditions. (more…)

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