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Delivering aid to families in Pakistan

Pakistan, May 13, 2009

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    John Stephens/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Mercy Corps' response team visited six schools sheltering families displaced by violence to deliver 808 emergency supply kits. Some 85 percent of people forced from their homes are residing in makeshift settlements and other villages rather than established tent camps. Photo: John Stephens/Mercy Corps
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    John Stephens/Mercy Corps  </span>
    The kits included shawls, soap, hand fans, towels, mosquito nets and repellent, and hygienic cotton pads for women. Photo: John Stephens/Mercy Corps
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    Manzoor Hussain/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Our team reports that the displaced families they met need considerable support in all areas — clothing, kitchen utensils, sleeping items such as mattresses. But food is the most critical. Most are living on handouts, and communities who are hosting them are having difficulty keeping their already meager food pantries stocked. Photo: Manzoor Hussain/Mercy Corps
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    John Stephens/Mercy Corps  </span>
    These children were among more than 2 million people who fled Pakistan's Swat Valley in 2009 because of fighting between the Pakistan Army and Taliban militants. Photo: John Stephens/Mercy Corps
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    These displaced families had been registered by the UN's refugee agency, and directed by government officials to temporarily reside in public schools. But the schools' limited water and sanitation facilities are becoming quickly overwhelmed. Photo: John Stephens/Mercy Corps
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    Manzoor Hussain/Mercy Corps  </span>
    A three-person team — including Diane Johnson, our regional program director for South Asia (back left) — returned to Mardan and Swabi districts today to further assess the situation and determine our next round of assistance. Photo: Manzoor Hussain/Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps field teams distributed 808 emergency supply kits in one day to families recently displaced from fighting in the Swat valley.