The British Red Cross has launched an appeal to help civilians who have fled their homes and those still trapped by the fighting in Pakistan ahead of this month's monsoon. (Photos: Jeroen Oerlemans/Netherlands Red Cross).
As fighting continues in the Swat Valley and Lower Dir region continues, many thousands of people have joined the 2.5 million who have already fled their homes, often with the bare minimum of belongings.
Some camps are now at capacity, forcing new arrivals to pitch up tents or makeshift shelters along roadsides and any available land.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Pakistan Red Crescent have been providing help including emergency shelter, medical aid, food and other provisions to those displaced and those trapped by the fighting.
Meanwhile, civilians caught up in the fighting are virtually cut off from basic health care, food and water. The ICRC is currently the only aid agency able to operate in the Swat Valley and Dir regions.
Community kitchens have been set up in the Red Cross camp in Swabi to enable people to cook together. So many families were forced to leave home so quickly they were unable to bring any cooking equipment.
Refugees have been forced to leave their lands at harvest time, and have missed the harvest and the following planting season. These children are carrying their family's food supply.
The Red Cross movement still needs millions of dollars to cope, especially with some camps already at full capacity and the July/August monsoon season threatening to make conditions worse.
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