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Swat displaced: Your comments

Displaced people in Mardan, Pakistan, 9 May 2009
Up to half a million people are thought to be fleeing the fighting

Thousands of people are fleeing Pakistan's Swat district where government troops have been fighting Taleban militants.

The fighting has already displaced some 200,000 people, while a further 300,000 are estimated to be on the move or poised to flee, the UN says.

People from the Swat Valley and surrounding areas have been writing to the BBC about what is happening in the region. Here is a selection of their emails.


A refugee camp has been set up in the same area where former Afghan refugees once lived in Kacha Garhi in Peshawar. Small children and women can be seen in the streets and on roads from Swat asking for help.
Abdul Sami, Peshawar

One can see a flood of displaced people on roads, railway lines and on the streets of Mardan. People offer all possible help. This is a huge displacement, we have to try to minimise the suffering of these people.
Samad, Mardan

I am from Mardan, which borders Swat. I live in Manchester but I speak to my brother there. Today he told me that there is a flood of people from the affected area. People of our village are trying their best to accommodate them, but it looks very difficult, and if it continues like this we will be in a very bad position.
Suhail Ahmad, from Mardan (currently in the UK)

Best wishes for the Pakistani army for fighting these criminals. We pray for the safety of our troops and the success of their fight against this menace - the Taleban!
Dr Babar Khan, Swat

The government is doing nothing against the Taleban. The army is killing innocent people, civilians. The Pakistani government doesn't want to take strong action against these militants.
Aryaan Khan, Swat

No doubt everyone will be aware of the million displaced in Pakistan's war with Taleban which has struck areas of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Thousands of lives have perished in the blink of an eye, thousands are displaced, which will cost millions of dollars. A lot needs to be done. So please don't hesitate to support our brothers and sisters and dig deep and pay whatever you can. Many thanks for your support.
Afzal Rahim, Swabi NWFP

Please do something to help us. The Taleban are ruling this part of Pakistan and the situation is really bad. We would rather die than go through this... They hate too many people and preach hatred all over the world. I guess this is payback time.
Mohammed Yusuf Allah Gilani, Mingora

Last night I was in Abbottabad city and I could easily identify internally displaced persons hailing from Swat and Buner. These are ones who have some money to travel this far - it is an expensive location to visit and reside. However, the refugee camps in Mardan, Swabi and adjoining areas have no basic facilities. Disease will spread and people will suffer from hunger. There is an urgent need for the UN and international relief agencies to help these people in Pakistan.
Rustam Khan Swati, Mansehra

Here in Abbottabad, in Hazara district (which is close to Swat and Buner, where the fighting is going on) we are in a strategic military location. Large deployments of infantry and artillery have been passing through, as well as some armoured units. Gunship helicopters fly out from here almost every night, even jet fighters pass over us. I haven't seen such large scale movement of our armed forces since back in the 1980s when the Afghan war was going on, and one hopes and prays that the army does its job efficiently and with minimum damage to civilians in Swat, though there will be casualties and mass displacements. The international community seems to be doing its bit, too, in supporting Pakistan at this truly crucial time and also providing some assistance in helping settle internally displaced refugees, some of whom are also coming into our area. The fighting will probably go on for some time yet, so I would request all our friends abroad to keep the faith and keep on helping us.
Saiqa Khan, Abbottabad

I am originally from Swat, though I live in Canada now. My wife is back home in Pakistan. She is with our five-month-old twin baby girls. I have been seriously affected by the tension as my wife had to flee from Swat. She is alone with the babies. My other relatives who are still in Swat fear famine - because of the curfew there is no supply of food to the area. Transportation is not available to everybody to escape from the troubled area. Here in Calgary, about 50 to 60 immigrant families from the Swat are in great anxiety because of the fighting and subsequent humanitarian crises in the region.
Nizamuddin Haqqani, Canada (originally from Swat)


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