"PAKISTAN: THE DISPLACED"
A mother hides her face mourning her son, Muneer Bakht, 10, as children from the camp look at the young boy who drowned while swimming in the canal at the Chota Lahore camp June 8, 2009 in Swabi, Pakistan. Pakistan was hit by intense violence throughout 2009. Conflict between the Pakistani army and the Taliban (armed opposition groups) in the North-West Frontier Province and in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) displaced more than two million people, while numerous bombings in major Pakistani cities killed hundreds and injured thousands. This essay looks at the community of the displaced. Forced out of their villages into over-crowded refugee camps, their everyday life has become a struggle to survive. As the days worn in the punishing heat of the summer, the aid organizations, set up temporary schools, men bathed in the canals and the people attempted to carry on with some kind of normal life.