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Afghans dream of stepping out of the shadows with Pakistan ID scheme

By: Samad Khan 21 July 2017 PESHAWAR, Pakistan – An Afghan in Pakistan without papers, Mohammad Rehman has lived all his life in fear of arrest by the police and deportation to his conflict-torn homeland. But a new Pakistan government programme to register up to one million undocumented Afghans like him, is finally allowing him to dream of stepping out of the shadows with a measure of security. “I am feelin ...

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UNHCR, BUITEMS launches Centre for Refugees and Migration Studies in Quetta

Press Release QUETTA: The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR signed a Partnership Agreement with Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) on 7th June 2017 Wednesday. This collaboration is aimed at establishing a Centre for Refugees and Migration Studies (CRMS) as well as provision of training for refugee teachers and opportunities for entrepreneurship/business stu ...

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Improving school facilities to improve student experience

News Story New furniture helps keep Afghan refugee and Pakistani children in schools QUETTA, 31 May, 2017: Nine year-old Nadia Abdul Waris attends school with enthusiasm since her school has received new sets furniture for students. “Sitting on the floor was very uncomfortable and I always wished to go to a well-furnished school as shown on TV,” says the fourth grade student of government girls high school, ...

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UNHCR delivers shelter material to FDMA as IDPs head back home

Press Release  PESHAWAR – The UN Refugee Agency on Wednesday handed over 4,000 tents, 8,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 core relief item kits to FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to facilitate returns to South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agencies. Most of Pakistan’s internally displaced people have returned to their homes in the tribal areas while some 4 ...

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Skills development programme under RAHA concluded

Press Release PESHAWAR, 16 May, 2017: The closing ceremony of training of the first batch of trainees of Skills Development Program (SDP) initiated under the United Nations’ Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme was held at Peshawar University on Tuesday. The Chief Commissioner Afghan Refugees, Dr. Imran Zeb distributed certificates & toolkits among the leading trainees of all Institutes ...

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Exhibition to showcase handcraft products by Afghan refugees, Pakistanis held

Press Release ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2017: Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute (ECDI) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) are organizing a two-day exhibition with the theme ‘MAKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS’ to showcase and promote handcraft products made by Pakistani communities and Afghan refugees on May 13 and 14 in Islamabad. The products being exhibited at the Loafology Cafe are prepared by Afghan refu ...

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Scholarship programme gives hope to Afghan refugee girl

PESHAWAR, 26 April, 2017: An Afghan girl expresses her feelings through paintings and to soothe away the pain she has endured. She has gone through a lot in her short life, but she does not give up, she pushes herself forward every day. 18-year-old Tamanna’s only support is her mother who raised her with many financial and social challenges. Her father was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 and her younger broth ...

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German-funded DAFI scholarships open up a world of opportunity for Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Press Release 25 years of higher education for refugees German-funded DAFI scholarships open up a world of opportunity for Afghan refugees in Pakistan ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Government of Germany today marked 25  years of  the  German-funded  Albert  Einstein  Academic  Refugee Initiative  (DAFI), that  provides  means  for  refugees  to  pursue  a higher  education. Si ...

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Out of school for a decade: A refugee girl finally finds a school

  PESHAWAR, 05 April 2017 – An Afghan girl had never been to school, but after years she found a ray of hope. Tahira Naz’s family and relatives did not want to send her to school due to cultural reasons. Now she feels overjoyed as her dream to become a doctor takes a step closer to being realised. Born and raised in Pakistan, 14-year-old Tahira recently was enrolled into one of the home-based schools close ...

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Schools and Health Unit Refurbished in Southern Pakistan

Press Release 20 March 2017 Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees completed the refurbishment of three schools and a basic health unit in Dera Ismail Khan in the south of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday. The four projects were delivered under the refugee affected and hosting areas (RAHA) programme and were officially handed ove ...

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