Abdul Majeed works to improve his village with assistance from UNDPThe day I arrived in Quetta, I met with the field team that would accompany me to the villages where UNDP Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) is working. After a brief introductory session, I asked the social mobiliser if he could find someone interesting for me to write about.
After years of insecurity, a traditional fair brings DI Khan togetherEvery year, thousands of people from around Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Punjab, Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) used to stream to the town of Dera Ismail (DI) Khan in KP province. They brought with them the expectation of sharing their culture, selling their wares and making business connections. Most of all they came to the Mela Aspan festival to enjoy themselves.
Call Center in PeshawarDue to insecurity and the recent on-going military operation, most of the internally displaced people (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have taken refuge in host communities in the bordering districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province including Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu and Karak.
Clean water quenches thirst in FATAThe Khyber Agency, in the north of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), has suffered from numerous problems for decades. Not least of these is the fact that many residents lack access to clean drinking water as a result of a prolonged energy crisis and the scarcity of surface water throughout the region.
Community constructs wall to protect against floodsFrigid winters and searing summers characterise the climate of Balochistan, sometimes making the area inhospitable. However, Balochistan is blessed with a unique environment for fruit production. The sight of a green patch may seem very rare but the land is very fertile. Known as the fruit basket of the country, the region is responsible for 90 percent of the grapes produced in Pakistan, 60 percent of the peaches, pomegranates and apricots and 34 percent of the apples.
Education for all“I want to become a teacher after completing my education,” says 9-year old Kulsoom, a student of fifth grade in the Government Girls Primary School, in Killi Sardar Nabi Bux, a village in Balochistan province. Her friend Nazima, 10, wants to become a doctor and serve her community.