Displaced Pakistani families in Afghanistan in "urgent" need of food

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Many Pakistani families displaced in Afghanistan's Khost and Paktika provinces are urgently in need of food according to the UN Refugee Agency or UNHCR.

Military operations in Pakistan's North Waziristan region had forced an estimated 95,000 people to flee Afghanistan.

Many of them had arrived across the border with few possessions and host communities in Afghanistan are struggling to cope with the influx.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy Spokerperson for the UN Secretary-General

"UN agencies and humanitarian partners have scaled up assistance since mid-June. The World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food rations to 900 families. UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have vaccinated nearly 25,000 children against polio. WHO has pre-positioned life-saving medication for 25,000 patients and UNHCR has distributed tents to hundreds of families."

The UN says the humanitarian situation is expected be protracted.

It's warning that additional food and nutrition assistance will be required for the families displaced due to the conflict.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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