ISLAMABAD: The government of Sweden has contributed SEK
2,500,000 (US$377,643.50) to support UNHCR's operation within the U.N.
Humanitarian Response Plan for Pakistan 2008.
The more than US$ 377,000 donation will go towards the protection,
shelter and camp management segments of the UN refugee agency's operations supporting the needs of the Internally Displaced People (IDP) in the North Western region of the country.
In total, UNHCR Pakistan needs $17.2 million to carry out its
activities for an estimated 310,000 affected people.
The UNHCR response is part of a $54 million `Pakistan Humanitarian
Response Plan' launched by the U.N. to assist the government of Pakistan in providing immediate humanitarian relief to the IDPs in different sectors.
“We hope that in this way we can provide a measure of relief to those
who have suffered displacement from their homes,” said the Swedish Ambassador in Islamabad, Anna-Karin Enestrom.
The UNHCR budget covers the provision of non-food relief items to the
displaced people, registration, site planning and development, as well as camp management, community services and initial winterization in the camps.
“The Swedish contribution to the IDP operation will be used to provide
basic needs such as shelter assistance at a time when cold weather is fast
approaching,” said Guenet Guebre-Christos, UNHCR's Representative in Islamabad.
Sweden has been a regular contributor to UNHCR's emergency operations.
On behalf of the displaced people, UNHCR expresses its appreciation and
thanks to the people and government of Sweden for their generous contribution to the humanitarian response.