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‘US should expand IDP aid to $1bn’
Daily Times - May 26, 2009

PAL-C says children living in IDP camps need particular attention 

WASHINGTON: An advocacy group working on the Capitol Hill has urged the US to expand assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to $1 billion.

“In addition to the assistance required to provide basic services, there will be further assistance required to provide education and counselling to the children housed in the camps,” said the Pakistani-American Leadership Centre (PAL-C). The centre drew attention of both the US Congress and administration to the urgent needs of the IDPs. According to Mossadaq Chughtai, a noted PAL-C founding director, children living in the IDP camps need particular attention.

Another Pakistani-American organisation, Friends of Pakistan, has also launched a fund-raising campaign to marshal resources that would help Islamabad take care of the largest migration of people the country is witnessing since Independence. The Obama administration and the Pakistani embassy in Washington have been encouraging Americans to contribute to relief assistance through the UN High Commissioner’s Office for Refugees (UNHCR), by taking part in a text messaging initiative announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week.

A bipartisan group of US senators has also asked President Barack Obama to significantly expand American humanitarian assistance as part of efforts to help Pakistan look after the displaced people properly. Meanwhile, Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani is scheduled to host members of the Pakistani American community this week to mobilise support for the people of Swat.



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