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04/28/2016

2016- The year of Return to FATA

The latest round of returns started on 11 April 2016 to South Waziristan Agency (SWA) with 600 families. SWA is situated in North-West region of Pakistan called FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area). Earlier 9,865 families have returned to SWA while 55,090 families are still waiting for their return. Government and Humanitarian Community have declared 2016 as the year of return and plan to return around 95% caseload (168,970 families) of the total displaced population in KP and FATA provinces. 

Government and humanitarian community have set embarkation point for returnees to get facilitation while returning. Each returning family receives RFC (Return Facilitation Card), a cellular SIM and ATM card. Each returning family also receives PKR 10,000 and 25,000 from the Government for transportation and as return grants respectively. Proper designated waiting areas are established for males and females. NGO partners provide WASH services, entitlement information, Mine Risk Education, wheel chairs, and dignity kits.  A medical doctor, a female technician, and an ambulance are available, as well as a variety of essential medicines.  Up to 10,000 families are scheduled to return to South Waziristan Agency by mid-May.  This will be followed by returns to Kurram and Orakzai Agency.

JEN plans to complement the efforts of government and humanitarian community in South Waziristan Agency. In this regard, JEN will provide 1,850 returnee families with agriculture support including land reclamation/rehabilitation/preparation, provision of maize seeds, vegetable seeds, and agriculture tool kit, as well as trainings on agriculture farming and kitchen gardening.   


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April 28, 2016 in Pakistan |