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German Ambassador inaugurates newly upgraded Radiology Department in Peshawar

15 December, 2015 Press Release PESHAWAR: The German Ambassador to Pakistan, Ms. Ina Lepel, inaugurated the newly upgraded Radiology Department at the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) in Peshawar on Tuesday. This upgraded facility will benefit around 100 patients daily. The newly upgraded radiology department is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany through the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAF ...

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UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in China Yao Chen arrives in Pakistan

15 December, 2015 Press Release ISLAMABAD: UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador (GWA) in China, Yao Chen, has arrived in Islamabad on a four-day official visit to meet Afghan refugee women and children and seek first-hand information to garner support for the education of refugee children. Yao Chen is an acclaimed Chinese actress and one of the world's top micro-bloggers with 71 million fan following on social media ...

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UHNCR underlines the need for ensuring safe education for all

Press Release 10 December, 2015 ISLAMABAD (10 December, 2015): As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, UNHCR offices across Pakistan organized various activities aimed at raising awareness among the people specially youth about safe education. The annual 16 Day campaign of Activism against Gender-based violence conclude on 10 December, marking the international Human Right ...

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Modern life-changing healthcare at the doorstep of refugee hosting communities in Balochistan

News story QUETTA (10 December, 2015): A wave of happiness and relief washed over Samina when she walked out of hospital without any support for the first time in two years. Born to a Pakistani family, the 14-year-old, suffered from typhoid fever that left her physically disabled because her family could not afford to pay for her medical treatment. Samina’s dream of walking back on her feet came true when s ...

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EU funded project gives new hope to people with disabilities in Balochistan

Press Release, 07 December 2015 QUETTA: Glad tidings for persons with disabilities in Balochistan as the province gets its first ever facility at the Orthopaedic, Prosthetic and Physiotherapy Centre (OPPC) that will provide free of cost quality prosthesis.  The existing OPPC has been upgraded and equipped with modern technology by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), funded by the European Union under the Refugee ...

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Afghan refugee defies oppression with paint

 News Stories, 26 November 2015 ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 2015, Pakistan (UNHCR) – Every stroke of Manizha's brush tells a story. Through her art, hundreds of women have been given a voice, a chance to speak out about their harrowing experiences of life under the Taliban. But each painting reminds Manizha, a 26-year-old Afghan refugee, of her own struggle, which began in 1997 when she and her family were forced to ...

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Making a difference in refugees’ lives through education

News Stories, 5 October 2015 ISLAMABAD, Sept 30, Pakistan (UNHCR) – Life tests student Abdul Khalil, a 30-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, to the limits. Each day, he works between 18 to 19 hours. He starts at 8:00 a.m. from the university where he studies and finishes at a flooring sheet factory at 3:00 a.m. where he works. Khalil's family fled their native Kunduz in Afghanistan in 1986 when he was aged ...

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UNHCR presents Nansen Refugee Award to Afghan refugee teacher

News Stories, 5 October 2015 GENEVA, Oct 5 (UNHCR) – The courageous work of an Afghan refugee teacher took centre stage Monday night as Aqeela Asifi was presented with the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. In an extraordinary story of bravery and determination against all odds, Aqeela Asifi made it her mission over more than 20 years in exile to bring educatio ...

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Speakers pay rich tributes to Aqeela Asifi – winner of Nansen Refugee Award

Press Release ISLAMABAD, Sep 29 (UNHCR) – Speakers at a reception Tuesday paid rich tributes to Aqeela Asifi, winner of the prestigious 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees. Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan. Her brave and tireless commitment has helped thousands of refugee girls ...

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50,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan returned this year under UNHCR voluntary return programme

Press Release ISLAMABAD: The UN refugee agency has facilitated the return of over 50,000 registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan so far this year under the agency’s largest and longest running voluntary repatriation programme. As part of its facilitated group return (FGR) initiative, UNHCR on Wednesday assisted a group of 550 registered Afghan refugees return to Herat from its voluntary repatriation centre ...

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