majority of these new refugees in Pakistan were situated in
Jalozai camp near Peshawar, otherwise known as "plastic
city," because of the thousands of makeshift homes made
out of plastic bin-liners. Jalozai was considered by aid workers
to be the worst refugee camp in the world.
the US-led military strikes on Afghanistan, a further 150,000
refugees were estimated to have entered Pakistan and the Appeal
was renamed Jemima Khan Afghan Refugee Appeal focusing more
generally on the survival needs of Afghan refugees all over
Pakistan both inside and outside the camps.
of this particular area and an understanding of local issues
give the Appeal influence to advocate for governmental changes
and the ability to put available funds to the best possible
In two years the Appeal raised over £250,000 through fundraising
efforts in UK and Pakistan. We offer heartfelt thanks to everyone
who has supported this cause, enabling us to distribute relief
items and set up a desperately needed specialist medical clinic
in each camp in conjunction with Child Advocacy International,
as well as an emergency mobile medical unit and a state-of-the-art
delivery room at New Shamshatu.
In early 2003 the camp at New Jalozai
was closed and 20,000 refugees were moved to an improved camp
at Shalman, towards the Afghanistan border, two hours from
Peshawar. Here they have proper tents, improved sanitation
, as well as food and clean water supplies . And now with
our clinic providing secondary healthcare, over 1000 patients
are being treated each month. We are able to provide quality
specialist medical care at Shalman to deal with acute respiratory
infections, gastroenteritis, gynecological problems and to
safely deliver the fifteen babies born on average in the camp
New Shamshatu, there is now good primary care for the 50,000
refugees living there, the majority of whom are women and
children. 90% of patients requiring hospital care can be adequately
managed in our clinic. The remaining 10% with severe, complex
problems are transferred to one of two teaching hospitals
plan to continue monitoring the situation in refugee camps
in Pakistan, to provide relief items and to work with other
agencies operating in the area.
The Jemima Khan Afghan Refugee Appeal was a UK registered charity
(registration number 1089279) administered in London under
the guidance of its five Trustees, chaired by Jemima Khan.
Appeal has been established as a Trust whose objectives are
the emergency relief and provision of basic survival needs
to Afghan refugees, including the distribution of food, clothing,
medicines and shelter.