/R E P E A T -- Need a Source: Plan International has Disaster Response Experts Available to speak on the Humanitarian Crisis in Pakistan/

    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
development organizations.

    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
        email: Tassadaq.Shah@plan-international.org
    -   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

    In Toronto:
    Safo Visha, Program Manager - Children in Emergencies, Plan Canada can be
    reached via:
    -   Richard Chassie, Idea Workshop at 416-920-1220,
    -   Steve Theobald, Plan Canada at (416) 568-6525

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