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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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UNHCR commemorates the World refugee Day amidst escalating displacement globally

Press Release ISLAMABAD: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in collaboration with the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), marked the World Refugee Day on Friday 20 June with a series of events across Pakistan involving the Government of Pakistan, UNHCR, its partners, and refugee communities.  The theme of World Refugee Day is “1 family torn apart by war is too many”. A report released today by UNHC ...

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Fighting in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region uproots more than 400,000

News Stories, 24 June 2014 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 24 (UNHCR) – The current military offensive by Pakistan's military against Taliban militants in the north of the country has displaced more than 400,000 people and the number continues to rise. According to the latest government registration figures, 435,429 people, including some 183,000 children, have fled from combat zones in North Waziristan agency si ...

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Orphaned and terrorized, Afghan siblings fly to a new start in Australia

News Stories, 16 June 2014 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 16 (UNHCR) – Fourteen-year-old Mustafa* is a self-starter. He’s had to be to survive the brickbats that have flown his way, including the murder of his parents in Afghanistan and beatings from an abusive brother-in-law. As a way to escape his suffering and lack of schooling in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta, where his persecuted ethnic Hazara famil ...

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Feature Story – A ray of hope in despair

An inspirational story of a young Afghan woman who fought all biases to support her community CHARSADDA, 07 May 2014, PAKISTAN (UNHCR): On a cold winter morning, Zarghona* stands alert alongside a lady doctor in the small, dark dome used as vaccine room  at a Basic Health Unit (BHU) in the Kababiyan Refugee Village in the north-western Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She greets every patient with a bright s ...

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NADRA with support from UNHCR has delivered 50 per cent of the new PoR cards to Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) with the support of the UN Refugee Agency have successfully delivered new Proof of Registration (PoR) cards with a validity date of 31 December 2015 to 50 per cent of the total 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Launched in February this year, following the decision by the Government of Pakistan in July 2013 to extend the v ...

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Japan contributes USD 6 million in support of UNHCR refugee programme in Pakistan

02 April 2014 ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan has announced a generous contribution of USD 6 million in support of the UNHCR’s refugee programme in Pakistan. The new funding will bolster UNHCR’s interventions in the areas of education, healthcare and the provision of legal assistance to some 1.6 million Afghan refugees in the country. The largest portion of this amount, USD 2.3 million will go to the hea ...

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNHCR to construct 325 houses for the displaced returnees in South Waziristan

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the UN Refugee Agency today launched a project to construct 325 two-room houses for the people of South Waziristan whose dwellings have been damaged during the law enforcement operation in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The houses will be constructed for some of the most vulnerable returnees who are unable to rebuild their damaged homes. With financial support f ...

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