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June 18, 2009

A steady increase of civilians with injuries caused by the war are reaching the main referral hospital in Pakistan’s Lower Dir district where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to provide emergency medical care. Coming mainly from neighboring Swat, but also from the Maidan area in Lower Dir, more than 150 war-wounded have been treated since the end of April. At the same time, families from Maidan have been arriving in the two camps for displaced people where MSF is working. (more…)

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Reuters

By NITA BHALLA

NEW DELHI, June 1 (AlertNet) – Civilians wounded in fighting between the army and Taliban insurgents in Pakistan’s northwest are dying as they trek through mountains to reach the nearest hospital, a medical aid group said on Monday.

The military launched an offensive against the Taliban in Swat valley in North West Frontier Province in early May, uprooting more than 2 million people from their homes in one of the world’s largest displacement crises in recent times.

While the Pakistani army said on Saturday it had captured Mingora, the main town in Swat, it is reluctant to predict how long the operation will continue. The government has started trucking supplies to 40,000 civilians stranded there, but aid agencies remain concerned about a lack of healthcare, food and water. ” (more…)

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