UNDP helps rebuild lives after Pakistan bomb blasts

07 Dec 2010

The terrible aftermath of a huge bomb blast in
the western Pakistani city of Peshawar which
left 117 people dead.
(Photo: © Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN)
Islamabad – Bomb attacks killing at least 50 people in northwest Pakistan yesterday are the latest in a string of deadly explosions during the last seven years that have killed 1,500 and left injured survivors and family members struggling to rebuild their lives.

The attacks around a government compound in the Mohmand area of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal region wounded at least 100 people who are now in need of assistance and support in the coming weeks and months.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) plans to help more than 15,000 affected in recent years by explosions in the country’s worst affected regions: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

“Bomb blasts are often indiscriminate, leaving a legacy of great pain and hardship for the innocent people who are killed or injured,” said Jean-Luc Stalon, UNDP Deputy Country Director. “We support these victims as best we can to get them back on their feet emotionally, physically and financially.”

UNDP’s five-year project will assist regional governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA where authorities are currently setting up endowment funds to offer compensation to survivors and the families of those killed and injured in bomb blasts.

The project will help to restore livelihoods by providing seed money, up to  the equivalent of US$580, for creating businesses to support households in cultivating land and purchasing livestock, and for vocational training.

A January 2010 bomb attack at Shah Hassan Khel village, one of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sites of UNDP’s project, killed around 100 residents, mostly young volleyball players at a nearby match, and destroyed nearly 40 houses.

While families of the dead or disabled, particularly women and children, are often the most vulnerable, sometimes having lost their household safety net, those who were themselves injured by attacks can face unemployment, physical disability and psychological trauma.

UNDP-managed information centres will help survivors and their families to apply for legal and administrative aid, to reach livelihood support workers as well as other services such as stress counselling. 

For more information on UNDP’s work in Pakistan.

Contact Information

Islamabad
Ludmila Tiganu
Tel. +0301 8540364
ludmila.tiganu@undp.org

Mehreen Saeed
Tel: +0300 535 8225
mehreen.saeed@undp.org

New York
Sebastian Naidoo
Tel: +1 212 906 6202
sebastian.naidoo@undp.org