Thursday, June 11, 2009

Aid agencies seek urgent funding for relief work

ISLAMABAD: International agencies working for the people displaced by fighting in Malakand division are facing a shortage of funds and have warned of a major cut in relief work if immediate financial assistance does not arrive. The agencies have called upon the UN system in Pakistan to speedily arrange funds for frontline non-government organisations working in the affected areas. According to a joint statement issued here on Wednesday, nine international agencies said they were facing a shortfall of over $42 million which might affect their work of helping over one million internally displaced persons. The agencies are: ActionAid, CAFOD/Caritas, Care, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision.

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