70-year-old Lal Bibi fled her village with her neighbours when
it was attacked. Fearing for their lives they left Buner and travelled to Dir District.
But then the conflict spread and they had to move again, this time to Mardan.
Lal Bibi is now living with an old friend; she knows that she is putting an added
burden on an already poor family but with no family around her she has no other
“I came here with some neighbours after fleeing my village. I have no family to
look after me. My sons left me when my husband died many years ago and my daughters
have married and moved away. Even before this crisis I struggled to survive. Then
the conflict started and brought even more misery into my troubled life.
“First I went to Dir district with my neighbours hoping that we could find
some place to stay. But then the situation there deteriorated so we decided to come
“I am suffering from high blood pressure and the stress of trying to find somewhere
safe to stay has badly affected my health. I was offered place by Gul Hamesha,
a friend who I have known for long time. Her two sons are laborers and they do not
make very much money with which to support the family. Taking me in to their home
has added an extra burden to their already
“I am old and living in
such difficult conditions has really affected my health. My hearing was affected
as a result of the conflict in my village but I cannot afford any medical treatment.
“The cost of items that we use on a daily basis has increased greatly because there
is now more demand from all the displaced people. I am grateful to Islamic Relief
for providing me with some essential items that I would never have been able to
afford to buy at market.
“With the support that I have been given
by Islamic Relief I am positive about the next few weeks and I know I am going
to survive as there is someone out there to take care of me.”