US gives 125 million dollars to UNHCR
"The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of 125 million toward the 2009 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)," the State Department said.
Some 65.08 million dollars goes to Africa; 15.88 million to the Asia and Pacific region; 9.92 million dollars to Europe; 7.16 million dollars to global operations; 6.73 million to North Africa and the Middle East; 9.87 million dollars to UNCHR headquarters; 5.5 million dollars to the Americas; and 4.87 million dollars to emergency response activities.
It said the funds will support "refugee returns to Afghanistan and Burundi; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance such as the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR's care and protection" worldwide.
It mentioned places such as Colombia, Ecuador, Georgia, Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda.
The United States is the largest contributor to UNHCR. In 2008, it gave the contributed 510.3 million dollars to the agency, according to the UNHCRC website.
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