The Pakistani military’s push against Taliban strongholds in the Swat Valley has created a forced migration emergency, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Almost 1.5 million people have registered for assistance since fighting erupted in the Swat Valley, according to the UNHCR. Now, the total number of people officially displaced as a result of violence in North West Frontier province stands at more than 2 million. The actual number could be higher, given that not all internally displaced persons (IDPs) have registered with authorities.
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Jonathan Alpeyrie is a freelance photojournalist based in New York.