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September 6, 2010

Conditions at relief camps pathetic


September 6, 2010

The leaders of the nationalist parties in Sindh have expressed their dissatisfaction over the relief packages announced for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The leadership of the nationalist parties also criticized the government for improper arrangements for the IDPs in Karachi. They advised the government to pay proper attention to the rehabilitation of the IDPs.
The IDPs at the relief camps in Karachi had been facing a lot of problems where they didn’t find any government official to assist them, they observed.
The IDPs had been offered temporary accommodation near the poultry farms in Malir without any proper facilities, forcing them to live like animals, said the President of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), Bashir Khan Qureshi.
The leader of the JSQM said that Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur were the only districts that were safe for the IDPs, but due to bad governance the people coming to these cities had been suffering a lot.
Due to the lack of cleanliness at the relief camps, the IDPs had been suffering from different types of diseases, he added.
Almost 10 to 15 feet deep water had still been standing in most parts of the interior of Sindh, and these people could not rebuild their lives for at least the next couple of years in their native towns, Qureshi said.
Qureshi also condemned the reports that some influential groups had made several attempts to encroach land and urged the government to take stern actions against those involved in land grabbing.
The President of the Awami Tehreek, Ayaz Latif Palijo, said that the government should register all the IDPs in the province so as to facilitate its duty of providing relief to them.
He also alleged that sub-standard food items were distributed at several camps in the city, and there was no provision of milk for children.
He also said that he had been shocked to see that there had not been separate washrooms for the female IDPs at the camps.

appealed people to help as the government had failed to cope with the disaster. He further said that the people must keep an eye on those elements that had been trying to grab land in the name of the IDPs.
The Chairman of another faction of the JSQM, Abdul Wahid Aresar, said that the IDPs in the city must be treated humanely.
They had gone through a major disaster and needed all the necessary help without any form of discrimination, he added.
The Vice Chairman of the Sindh Tarraqi Pasand Party (STPP), Ali Hasan Chandio, said that the government had only been considering the IDPs at the camps, nearly 60,000 people, but according to an assessment half-a-million IDPs had already arrived in Karachi.
The government should fulfil its commitment and provide a better place for the IDPs, he said.
The IDPs get food at the camps but the ones living on both sides of the Super and the National highways had been totally ignored by the officials, he said.
The IDPs living at the camps near Maymar had staged a demonstration against the government as they had not been provided food and water by the authorities, he further said. “This is not a good sign, and the government should act seriously on this matter,” he added.

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