Posted on October 30, 2009 by warvictims
Fighting in South Waziristan has led to the death of many civilians, according to reports from those fleeing the area. However, restrictions on access make it impossible to get accurate information on civilian casualties.
The restrictions prevent all aid workers and journalists from reaching South Waziristan. As a result, no one knows how many civilians remain trapped or how many have been killed or injured. The restrictions also prevent much needed aid from flowing in. The fighting has displaced over 100,000 so far, and more arrive each day—often on foot.
I know a number of journalists that have been stopped and detained just trying to reach Dera Ismail Khan—the town nearest to the fighting and a destination for many of the displaced. Even the Red Cross has made a rare, public call for more access. Working in Waziristan is dangerous, but so is knowing nothing about the situation of civilians. Information is the first step towards helping those still caught in the conflict and a more balanced approach is urgently needed.
Filed under: Chris, international, pakistan, World | Tagged: CIVIC, civilian casualty, civilians, fighting, IDP, journalists, pakistan, War, war victims, waziristan | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 8, 2008 by warvictims
Posted By: Michael, an aid and peace-building expert working in Darfur.
I recently spent a few days in Darfur, on a short-term assignment for an NGO working in the region. I was there to support the organization’s peace-building work, which seeks to create grassroots dialogue between and among tribes which live in the same area. Most of the world’s attention has focused on the 2.4 million people forced to flee their homes, many of whom now live in IDP camps scattered throughout the region. Millions more people, though, continue to live in villages and settlements across Darfur. They, too, are victims of the conflict — often living in fear, and brutal poverty. The peace-building project tries to foster stability in these difficult-to-reach rural areas, trying to restore some of the inter-tribal relationships and understanding that existed before the war. (more…)
Filed under: Guest Blogger, Michael, Sudan | Tagged: CIVIC, conflict, Darfur, genocide, IDP, peace, politics, poverty, refugees, Sudan, War | Leave a Comment »