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Pakistani parents anxiously wait for a doctor to see their sick children at a special ward for IDP's at the Mardan District hospital on June 24, 2009 in Mardan, Pakistan. Most of the children are getting treated for stomach ailments, diarrhea and dehydration from living at the camps. Over 1.9 million internally displaced persons are living at internally displaced people (IDP) camps as a result from recent fighting and on-going military operations against the Taliban. Pakistani forces battle militants in tribal areas after vowing an full assault on a Taliban chief in the lawless Afghan border region known to be an Al-Qaeda hideout. In the cleared areas such as Buner many families are waiting to return but are currently still waiting for basic facilities like electricity and water before most leave the camps. By Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.

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