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Pakistan is hit by national disasters with increasing regularity. In 2005, an earthquake caused 70,000 deaths, with 3 million people displaced. In 2010, flooding on an unprecedented scale affected over 20 million people. Since then, flooding at the end of the monsoon period every year has affected large numbers of people.
At the same time, an armed conflict in north-west Pakistan has forced civilians to flee combat zones and seek refuge in neighbouring regions. Displaced populations including many women, children, older people and people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable people affected by these crises and are often forced to live in appalling conditions.
Handicap International first began working in Pakistan in the early 1980s, supporting Afghan refugees fleeing conflict in their home country. The organisation has also responded to the humanitarian needs of people affected by natural disasters, as was the case following the floods in 2010.