The spate of aid worker kidnappings in Pakistan is impeding relief work in the country.
Relief agency managers in flood-hit central Pakistan said local security forces have limited the working hours of nongovernmental organizations in rural communities. The security measure was brought about by the spate of kidnappings in the country, most notably the abduction last month of a Dutch and Italian national working for German NGO Welthungerhilfe.
Iqbal Shah, who oversees Save the Children’s work in the districts of Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur in Punjab province, said new security guidelines, such as returning to Multan by dusk, have become a “necessity.” He said it made humanitarian programs “very difficult” to deliver.
Insecurity in the country has also put badly needed programs in jeopardy. Shah said a major donor who would have sponsored a new child-protection program canceled its visit to the country because of the kidnappings.