Fallout: Majority of IDPs ‘depressed’ in wake of operations

The study explores gaps in service delivery at IDPs’ camps.

News Desk January 29, 2014
File photo of a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder. PHOTO: PPI

A study titled, “Crises of IDPs in FATA: Issues, challenges and the way forward,” was launched by an independent think tank at a local hotel on Tuesday.

The research study focuses on the general hardships of internally displaced persons. The study explores gaps in service delivery at IDPs’ camps and also offers some thought-provoking recommendations for the government and policy makers, according to a press release. Compiled by the FATA Research Centre, it was launched at a time when the clouds of military operation are hovering over North Waziristan Agency.

In the wake of rising militancy, the government is flexing its muscles for a final showdown against Fata-based militants, but some concerns need to be addressed.

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The likelihood of an operation has given birth to many questions: Are we ready to deal with the possible fall out? Are we prepared for the huge influx of expected IDPs from North Waziristan to deal with? These were some of the questions that generated a heated debate at the launch of a research study on IDPs.

According to the study a great majority, 71% of respondents believe they suffered from depression, anxiety and other psychological issues while 45% were not satisfied with the security situation in the post-military operation scenario.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2014.


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