Displaced people in Pakistan have begun returning to their homes

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Displaced children in Jalozai IDP camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Credit: OCHA Pakistan/Dan Teng'o (file)

Some 140,000 displaced people in Pakistan have returned home in the past two months, according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA.

A meeting was held in the capital Islamabad to update donors on the progress made regarding uprooted people returning to two of the country's provinces.

Fighting between the government and militants in those provinces had led to mass displacements.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The returns began this March in South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Khyber.

During the meeting organized by OCHA, donors were updated on the return process and the needs of the population.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy UN Spokesperson.

"Some 140,000 displaced people have returned home in the past two months, some after spending several years in host communities and camps. This represents some 8 per cent of the total number of people displaced. In January, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the humanitarian country team launched a $433 million plan to support the needs of displaced population and the returnees."

So far, only US$293 million has been secured.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Pakistan's Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) requested that donors increase funding for the immediate needs of the people who are still living in hosting communities and camps.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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