IDPs flaunt skills in handicraft exhibition

Published: December 21, 2012
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Over 150,000 people relocated to Togh Sarai camp of Jungle Khel or their relatives in other areas. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Over 150,000 people relocated to Togh Sarai camp of Jungle Khel or their relatives in other areas. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: 

Handicrafts made by internally displayed persons (IDP) residing in different camps across the province were displayed in an exhibition at University Town on Thursday.

The event was organised and funded by Centre of Excellence for Rural Development (CERD) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which have been providing training to women IDPs to make handicrafts, jewellery, clothes, etc.

UNHCR Coordinator Yushi Fiata inaugurated the opening ceremony and personally checked the stalls. He also praised the internally displaced women and assured them of support for their rehabilitation.

Embroidered cloths, shawls, hand bags, jewellery, decoration pieces and other colourful handmade products were artfully displayed by these skilled women.

An IDP, Masooma Bibi, said the camps provided shelter and safety while the exhibitions gave them something to do. “It keeps us busy and makes us forget about our problems. Before this, we had no access to the markets to sell our products,” Bibi told The Express Tribune. “It helps us contribute and share the financial responsibility.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2012.

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