Livestock of IDPs assisted by FAO in North Waziristan

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A busy street in Lahore, Pakistan. UN Photo/B Wolff

Animals belonging to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan are receiving aid from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Due to military operations in North Waziristan, a mountainous region in northern Pakistan, about one million individuals have been displaced.

According to FAO, 70 per cent of IDPs left with their livestock.

Representatives of the food agency recently visited the Pakistani district of Bannu where about 80 per cent of IDPs have settled.

They learned that in most cases, IDPs with livestock walked for days on foot as they could not afford transportation with their animals.

Many lost half of their livestock during the trek.

At present, FAO says surviving animals are very weak and need immediate assistance in terms of food, shelter and health care to prevent the spread of disease.

They have already provided 100 000 vaccines against PPR, a highly contagious viral disease, and will continue providing livestock assistance.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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