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Helping three-year-old Afghan refugee to escape an early marriage

Feature Story LAHORE, Pakistan 24 November, 2014 (UNHCR) — On a foggy morning on the edge of Lahore, a gathering of Afghan refugee women and girls were chatting and giggling. The opportunity to express themselves and be heard was a moment of enjoyment for all, except for one young woman who sat quietly among them. Gul Meena, a young woman in early twenties, wearing a red heavy traditional Afghan dress, held ...

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The challenge of life in their Afghan homeland for children born in exile

News Stories, 20 November 2014 KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia. The three, aged between seven and 13, have all returned to a homeland, Afghanistan, that they had heard much about but never visited. Half of Afghanistan's 5 million returnees since 2002 were born i ...

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UNHCR urges Afghan refugees to renew their PoR cards to retain refugee status

Press Release ISLAMABAD: The UN refugee agency urges all Afghan refugees, who hold Proof of Registration (PoR) cards that have expired by 31 December 2012 and who have not yet collected their renewed PoR cards, to approach their nearest registration centre, before the deadline of 31 December 2014.  In order to continue to be considered as refugees, Afghans with PoR cards must renew their cards by this date. ...

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Challenging security environment has not deterred Asim’s resolve towards humanitarian causes

World Humanitarian Week 2014 Celebrating humanitarian heroes Asim Syedzada, Assistant Field Safety Officer, UNHCR, Peshawar Asim Syedzada’s selfless commitment towards humanitarian causes in the militancy-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province of Pakistan paved his way to further strengthen his security skills. The 34-year-old Asim joined UNHCR in 2001 as a field security assistant. He was the first United Na ...

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Razia committed to serve humanity amid personal challenges

World Humanitarian Week 2014 Celebrating humanitarian heroes Razia Kakar, a Field Coordinator with the Afghan Refugee Education Project (AREP) Struggling on many different fronts at the same time can be challenging, but passion leads to success in every sphere of life. For 34-year-old Razia Kakar, who is suffering from severe health problems, helping humanity is a noble cause. Born in a small village in Kuc ...

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Changaiz loves to deliver help to ailing communities

World Humanitarian Week 2014 Celebrating humanitarian heroes   Mata ul Hussain Changaiz, Assistant Field Officer IDPs Programme, UNHCR Sub Office Peshawar Mata-ul Hussain Changaiz enjoys tackling challenging situations in the field, as he loves to deliver help to ailing communities. Working with UNHCR as an Assistant Field Officer, Changaiz has witnessed many emergencies during his 13 years of service. ...

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Nergis finds satisfaction by helping others

World Humanitarian Week 2014 Celebrating humanitarian heroes   Nergis Ameer Khan, Case Manager, International Catholic Migration Commission “Helping people and bringing happiness back into broken lives is like an addiction…..you do it once, and then keep going for the rest of your life” says the dedicated and meticulous Nergis Ameer Khan – a Case Manager at UNHCR Pakistan’s partner agency ICMC. The dea ...

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World Humanitarian Week 2014: Celebrating humanitarian heroes

World Humanitarian Week 2014 Celebrating humanitarian heroes   Ihsanullah Khan, Afghan Refugee in Kababian Rrefugee village Twenty-two-year-old Ihsanullah Khan is a resident of Kababian Refugee Village (RV) in Peshawar. His family came to Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the early 1980s. He started working for daily wages at the age of 10 to supplement the household income, and at ...

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Minority families in Pakistan displaced by war but optimistic about peace

News Stories, 7 July 2014 BANNU, 7 July (UNHCR) – Firdos, a 55-year-old member of the small Christian community, suffered the same fate as hundreds and thousands of families who have fled their homes due to the military operation against the Taliban in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency (NWA). “We left Miranshah barefoot in the boiling summer heat, and after traveling for two nights, we reached Bannu,” said ...

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Accessing the inaccessible

BAGH, 30 June, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK): From Mirpur, in Pakistan Administered Kashmir, a UNHCR team bumped for eight hours along the road that winds through the mountains to reach Bagh – a faraway, lush, forested valley. The journey was tiring yet exciting as high peaks thrust into the sky in a picture of natural beauty. People mostly reside in houses that sit on the mountain slopes. When night falls, ...

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