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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bloggers mobilise for Pakistan refugees

Pakistani bloggers and commentators have expressed great concern over the apparent lack of government planning for the people displaced by the military operation in North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

The UN says that about 1.5 million people have been displaced since the army's latest offensive began on 2 May, and two million since last August. Most bloggers were angered by the lack of facilities provided to the internally displaced people (IDPs). Some began online campaigns to raise money and gather food for the victims while others voiced suspicion about the lack of media access to conflict areas.

'Heart wrenching'
Blogger Kalsoom posted on her blog CHUP! Changing Up Pakistan regular updates on the condition of the IDPs in various camps around Pakistan. On 6 May, she compared statistics provided by the BBC, CNN and the United Nations about the number of people homeless. [thanks AA]


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