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World Refugee Day – With 1 human in every 113 affected, forced displacement hits record high

Press Release ISLAMABAD:  Millions marked World Refugee Day (WRD) with events across the globe as UNHCR reported that the number of forcibly displaced people was higher than it had ever been in history. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report (GTR) which was released on 20 June said 65.3 million people were displaced as of the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just twelve months earlier. This is the first t ...

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RAHA project enhances skills capacity, monthly income of Pakistani communities hosting refugees

Press Release ISLAMABAD: The UN Refugee Agency and Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN) organised a one-day exhibition with the theme ‘Homemade’ to showcase and  promote the handicraft products made by Pakistani communities and Afghan refugees at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). As part of UNHCR’s youth empowerment interventions under the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme, AHAN trained some ...

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Seeking Solutions and Managing Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Press Release One day national seminar on ‘Seeking Solutions and Managing Afghan Refugees in Pakistan’ was held at National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad on 26th April 2016. A large number of participants attended the proceedings. The seminar aimed at highlighting the importance of developing a practical set of policies regarding lasting solutions for the management of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and ...

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UNHCR strengthens education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through RAHA programme

Press Release PESHAWAR: The UN Refugee Agency and the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have enhanced school enrolment ratio in the province by creating space for additional 5,000 children and improving learning conditions for over 10,000 children already attending schools through the United Nations’ Refugee Affected and Hosting Area (RAHA) initiative. Funded by the German Government through Germa ...

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More than 300,000 patients to benefit from the improved healthcare facilities at Balochistan Institute of Nephro-Urology Quetta

Press Release QUETTA: Balochistan’s Provincial Ministry of Health and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) marked today the ground-breaking ceremony for improvement and extension of the existing Balochistan Institute of Nephro-Urology Quetta (BINUQ) in Quetta. The project has been identifies under the United Nations’ Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative which is an important vehicle for improving a ...

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Japan contributes US$ 4 million to support returnees in FATA, Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Press Release March 2, 2016 ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan today announced a total contribution of US$ 16 million to UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) agencies in Pakistan. That includes a total of US$ 13 million to support Returnees in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and US$3 million to sup ...

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UNHCR handovers three schools under RAHA programme to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government

Press Release 26 February, 2016 HARIPUR: As part of the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) completed a two-year RAHA education project in the refugee hosting area of the Kalabat Township, district Haripur. The project, funded by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) Development Bank, has strengthened the existing infrast ...

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Empowering youth through education, skills development is key to stability and sustainable development: UNHCR

Press Release 25 February, 2016 QUETTA: UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner Mr. George Okoth-Obbo stressed the need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to empower youth through education and skills development as an essential element of stability and sustainable development. “Investing in Pakistani and Afghan youth equals to investment in resilience, stability and future prosperity of both countries,” ...

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Malala congratulates Aqeela Asifi for being selected as a top ten finalist for Global Teacher Award

Press Release 19 Feb, 2016 ISLAMABAD: Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai congratulated Aqeela Asifi, an Afghan refugee teacher for being selected as a top ten finalist for Global Teacher Award. “I am very happy and pray you win the Global Teacher Award,” said the Nobel Laureate while speaking with Aqeela Asifi on the phone. She said Aqeela’s commitment as a teacher in the face of adversity to making education ...

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UNHCR pays tributes to Afghan refugee teacher who makes it to the Top 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize

Press Release 18 Feb, 2016 ISLAMABAD: The Representative of UNHCR in Pakistan Mr. Indrika Ratwatte congratulated and paid rich tribute to Aqeela Asifi, an Afghan refugee teacher who has been included in the top 10 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016. The Afghan refugee teacher, who teaches children at the Kot Chandana refugee camp, Punjab also won the prestigious 2015 UNHCR Nansen ...

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