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UNHCR team surveys return sites for Afghan refugees

UNHCR Representatives from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan recently visited a number of pilot reintegration sites for returned Afghan refugees. Forty-eight sites across Afghanistan have been selected for projects aimed at improving infrastructure and livelihood opportunities in areas which have experienced large numbers of refugee returns. The projects are linked to a new regional Solutions Strategy for Afgh ...

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The return to memory

The year 2013 marks a decade of the UNHCR-facilitated voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. More than 3.8 million Afghan refugees have returned home since 2002. Still, nearly 1.65 million remain in Pakistan. After spending almost 33 years in Pakistan as refugees, Noor Mohammad and his family of six are happy about going back to Afghanistan. Three decades ago, he witnessed fighting and des ...

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The displaced poet

Fazle Basir Basir and his family were displaced from Khyber Agency, a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan. Fazle Basir is a poet. The fighting in his native village caused great losses to Basir and his family. It has also pushed his most precious dream seemingly out of reach. Basir has dreamed of a day when his poetry might be published. However, he lacks the resources to achieve this himself, but h ...

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