Wednesday, June 10, 2009

UN cancels activities in Peshawar: Discuss - How can this destruction be useful for anyone?

UN cancels activities in Peshawar
Updated at: 1530 PST, Wednesday, June 10, 2009

PESHAWAR: The United Nations organizations have cancelled all their activities in Peshawar following the blast at a five-star hotel here last night, Geo News reported Wednesday.

Talking to Geo News here, the UN spokesman said the UN World Food Program was working on the supply of food to the affected people of Malakand; all the employees of the Program were staying at the hotel.

He further said all the three WFP personnel lost their lives in the blast. Also, two employees including a woman of The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) were killed in the blast.

After the blast, the UN suspended its activities for an unspecified period.


ReeBz said...

its natural to suspend the activities,as they suffered badly from the blast.

Connie L. Nash said...

Thank you so much for posting, ReeBz. My response somehow did not get posted yesterday.

Just in case my heading for that blog was misleading - I meant to refer to how bombing a hotel or anywhere where there are civilians - from whatever the source - is agonizingly regretful. Of course all the violence and displacement is a heavy concern. And for any part which the West has played in history of this current scenario - many of us are so ashamed and are constantly calling for a better way.

Yes, I agree that it's natural for the UN to suspend the activities given the terrible losses. The International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent also (I understand) had to stop their medical work some time back in SWAT - before the current conflict due to killings of their doctor.

I understand that Mercy Corps is still working with the displaced and am hoping to put out a list soon of humanitarian groups. If any readers know of any you'd recommend and know are working in Pakistan with the displaced, please COMMENT for this larger BlogPost.