ISLAMABAD: The people of the United States are providing $28 million in agricultural commodities including 50,000 metric tons of wheat valued at $16.8 million, and 6,800 metric tons of vegetable oil valued at $11.2 million for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Approximately 37,500 metric tons of wheat arrived today (Friday, May 15) at Gwadar, Pakistan with the remainder due to arrive in the coming weeks. These shipments will feed an estimated 1.5 million people.
“The people of the United States stand with the displaced people of Pakistan during their hour of need,” said U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson. “We are moving as rapidly as possible to alleviate the immediate hardships and help the Government of Pakistan meet the basic needs of IDPs with confidence that they will be able to return to their homes as soon as possible.”
The United States will continue to monitor the situation and is committed to providing additional assistance as needed. On Monday (May 11), the people of the United State provided more than $4.9 million in immediate emergency assistance to families displaced by the recent conflicts in Pakistan’s Buner, Dir, and Swat Districts of the North West Frontier Province.
The funds are being used to purchase tents, blankets, cooking sets, jerry cans, soap, and bedding to the most vulnerable families including women and children who have temporarily relocated in the region. Tuesday (May 12), the United States sent logistical equipment including generators and transformers to power water pumps and lights. Other logistical and support equipment includes laptop computers, rental cars, and internet connectivity to assist emergency support operations.
U.S. relief to Pakistani Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) totals more than $66.8 million since August, 2008. Since 2002, the United States has provided more than $2 billion to Pakistan to improve economic growth, education, health, and governance and to assist with earthquake reconstruction. NNI