Dust and desperation – Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis fled their homes in North Waziristan to Bannu, and other neighboring regions, after the Pakistani army launched a full scale offensive against militants on June 15. These images were taken in Bannu 10 days later, on June 25.
Dust and desperation – In Bannu, a dust storm raised havoc at the city's largest food distribution point for people displaced by regional fighting.
Dust and desperation – Hundreds of men, young and old, queued up outside on the streets to receive rations, shielding their eyes from the grit.
Dust and desperation – Displaced Pakistani residents queued to receive rations of fortified wheat, iodized salt, pulses and cooking oil.
Dust and desperation – The mass exodus of the region's population has fast accelerated into a humanitarian crisis. Nearly 455,000 people have sought shelter in towns and villages beyond North Waziristan.
Dust and desperation – June is a season of oppressive heat in this part of the country. Illnesses such as diarrhea and typhoid are common,along with the ever-looming specter of polio.
Dust and desperation – Sacks of wheat are heaped in mounds in the center of the distribution point.
Dust and desperation – A strong army presence is overseeing the distribution that has been organized by the World Food Program.
Dust and desperation – The number of families arriving has exceeded the number estimated by the WFP.
Dust and desperation – WFP had expected the families to be an average size of six, but some families fleeing out of North Waziristan are made up of 14 people.
Dust and desperation – Until recently, this was the only food distribution point for the thousands of displaced people in Bannu.
Dust and desperation – Because of the high demand, rations are being distributed on a biweekly basis instead of the usual monthly schedule.