Pakistan fighting could uproot 600,000 people
February 10th, 2009 in Breaking News, World Alerts
Reuters AlertNet - Pakistan fighting could uproot 600,000 people - U.N..

GENEVA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Fierce fighting in Pakistan’s border area with Afghanistan could soon drive more than 600,000 people from their homes, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

Spokesman Ron Redmond said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will ramp up its relief work in northwestern Pakistan, where security has deteriorated sharply since last year.

“Latest estimates put the number of displaced people in the region at around 450,000, but the U.N. believes more than 600,000 could be displaced within weeks,” he told a news briefing in Geneva, where the UNHCR has its headquarters.
February 10th, 2009 in Breaking News, World Alerts