The UN refugee agency is trying to provide urgent shelter and other aid for some 190,000 people who have been displaced from Pakistan’s Bajaur region bordering Afghanistan. The large majority are staying with host families on both sides of the border, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said, but as it cannot access most of these areas, it is relying on government estimates of the numbers. According to these, over 168,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought shelter in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) while over 20,000 Pakistanis and Afghans have fled into eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. (UN News Service)

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