What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This is happening

The Ministry feels it is time to point out something blatantly obvious: this is not normal.

"ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 13 (UNHCR) – The number of people who have fled the fighting in northwest Pakistan this month and been registered or recorded by authorities reached 670,906 on Wednesday, up from just over half a million the day before.

The majority of those registered by Pakistani authorities with the assistance of UNHCR are staying in the homes of friends and relatives or camping out in the open; a fraction of the total – 79,842 – are now living in camps.

Together with more than 550,000 registered displaced people in the North West Frontier Province and some 21,000 in the capital Islamabad and urban areas of the Punjab, the continuing exodus brings to 1,248,715 the total number of people displaced in Pakistan since August, 2008."

End of message.

Supplement: read Mosharraf Zaidi's take on this.

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