TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - Over the past few days, more than 1 million
Pakistanis have been displaced in escalating violence between government and
Taliban forces in the SWAT valley of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.
This is the greatest exodus of a terrorized population in such a short period
of time since Rwanda.
Plan experts are available for interviews and comment:
- Tassadaq Shah is a disaster response expert with Plan Pakistan and is
currently at the Yar Hussein camp for displaced people.
- Safo Visha is a disaster response expert with Plan Canada. He is
currently based in Toronto.
Plan is one of the world's oldest and largest international humanitarian
For eyewitness accounts of conditions in the camps of internally
displaced people, journalists can contact:
- Plan Pakistan Country Advisor Tassadaq Shah: cell: 92 300 552 2551
- An alternative phone number is through Admin Manager Naveed Ishaq who
is with Mr. Shah: Cell: 92 333 912 7294
- In Islamabad, Plan India Communications Manager Natasha Kamal is
coordinating the disaster response operations and can be reach for
interviews: Cell: 92 300 850 1967 Tel: 92-51 2609435-41/Ext: 107
Safo Visha, Program Manager - Children in Emergencies, Plan Canada can be
- Richard Chassie, Idea Workshop at 416-920-1220,
- Steve Theobald, Plan Canada at (416) 568-6525
For further information:
For further information: See above