TOKYO, 15 June 2009 – Internally displaced children and their families affected by conflict in northwest Pakistan will receive $4 million in emergency humanitarian assistance from the Government and people of Japan.
In response to UNICEF’s emergency funding appeal to assist Pakistan’s displaced children and their families, the Government of Japan and the Japan Committee for UNICEF, responsible for fund-raising from the private sector, announced contributions of $2 million respectively.
Being one of the first countries to respond to Pakistan’s emergency, the Government of Japan’s funds will be used to support the provision of multi-sectoral services on ground, benefiting 2.3 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children. This will include:
The Japan Committee for UNICEF launched an emergency fund-raising campaign specifically for Pakistan earlier this month to mobilize support.
In thanking both the Government and people of Japan, which represent Japan as a whole, UNICEF Representative to Pakistan, Martin Mogwanja, asked for continued support from the international community.
"Thousands of children have been displaced by this conflict, and we are struggling to raise the resources to cater to their desperate need (for) support in health, nutrition, education, sanitation and protection. We are thankful to the government and people of Japan for leading the way in funding our emergency relief efforts, and hope that the international community will follow their example and assist these thousands of children to weather difficult times and emerge empowered, responsible citizens of the world,“ said Representative to Pakistan, Martin Mogwanja.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For more information, please contact:
Mihoko Nakagawa, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Tokyo,
Tel +81 (3)5467 4431