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31 Dec 2004 description

The IRC's Impact

In 2004, IRC humanitarian aid programs restored hope and opportunity for more than 15 million conflict-affected individuals around the world, and millions more were helped by the 5,600 local organizations and community groups that the IRC supports. Here's a look at some of the IRC's most recent achivements:

- More than 4.3 million people gained access to clean water and sanitation through our environmental health programs.

29 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

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KABUL, 29 December (IRIN) - Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries and further afield continue to suffer human rights violations, rights advocates warned the Afghan government on Wednesday.

Their concerns follow recent reports that Greek police officers allegedly tortured a group of some 40 Afghan asylum-seekers, including at least 17 Afghans aged 15 to 17.

23 Dec 2004 description


ANBP receives financial boost, disarmament takes place in Kandahar

As of yesterday, Wednesday, 29,973 soldiers have been disarmed. That figure is up 337 from the last figure we gave you on Sunday.

Of those disarmed, some 27,100 have begun their reintegration programme.

20 Dec 2004 description

ISLAMABAD, 20 Dec (UNHCR) -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced on Monday it will suspend the voluntary repatriation of Afghans from Pakistan from 27 December until March 1, 2005, after a successful season in which some 383,000 have been assisted to return to their homeland.

The decision to end repatriation for two months after a final day of operations on 26 December reflected the falling numbers of refugees who wish to return to Afghanistan during the harsh winter months.

20 Dec 2004 description

QUETTA, Pakistan, Dec 20 (UNHCR) - Jahangir Durrani roamed in front of the audience like a television host, mixing the serious and the light, statements and questions, to draw in those seated around the tables dotting the ballroom.

But the performance of the UNHCR protection officer was not to entertain the listening judges; he is at the heart of a concerted effort to increase awareness of refugee law in Pakistan.

Although Pakistan has hosted one of the world's largest refugee populations for a quarter century, it has never actually joined the 1951 UN convention on refugees and …

10 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 10 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

08 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

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ISLAMABAD, 8 December (IRIN) - The UN refugee agency has signed a three-year agreement with the UN joint programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to strengthen its prevention and control programme for Afghans residing in refugee camps in Pakistan.

"We are running a basic HIV/AIDS awareness raising programme for Afghan refugees through our health units - set to cater for the refugee population in camps.

08 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

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ISLAMABAD, 8 December (IRIN) - Bikram Chand Thakuri, 39, a Nepali by nationality, is a UN volunteer working for Afghan refugees in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Thakuri is among the eight UN Volunteers (UNVs) who have been working with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since late 2001 when a flow of some 300,000 Afghans began towards the Pakistani border due to the conflict in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, the eight UNVs attended …

30 Nov 2004 description


  • Hamid Karzai formally appointed as President
  • UNODC issues annual opium survey
  • Kidnap victims released
  • Iran gives notice to Afghans to leave
  • Iran completes bridge to link Nimroz with Iranian road network.
26 Nov 2004 description
report IRIN

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QUETTA, 26 November (IRIN) - The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is producing a programme with Radio Pakistan to help Afghan refugees in the country make informed decisions on repatriation.

"The programme is running throughout Balochistan province for some 300,000 refugees living in 13 refugee camps, as well as in urban and rural settlements," Babar Baloch, a spokesman for UNHCR, told IRIN from the southwestern city of Quetta, capital of Balochistan.

The 10-minute …

24 Nov 2004 description

QUETTA, Pakistan, Nov 24 (UNHCR) -- As the clock ticks toward 3:15 on a Wednesday afternoon, an Afghan refugee tunes a radio in his small grocery shop on the outskirts of Quetta to hear a new UNHCR programme for Afghan refugees.

"Good afternoon. This is Radio Pakistan, and now it's time for the UNHCR-sponsored programme for Afghan refugees. We are your hosts, Nazir Hannawal and Farzana Khan," the male and female voices say on 28-year-old Nazik Mir's radio.

04 Nov 2004 description
report IRIN

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ISLAMABAD, 4 November (IRIN) - The Pakistani government has planned a countrywide census of the Afghans living in the country, with the support of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

18 Oct 2004 description

QUETTA, Pakistan, Oct 18 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency has donated medical equipment worth 1.2 million rupees ($20,000) to a hospital in Quetta under a programme of assisting medical facilities that serve both Pakistanis and Afghan refugees.

The donation, including an ultrasound machine, a computer graphic printer, an electric generator and surgical equipment, went to Quetta's Lady Duffrin Hospital, the only hospital in Balochistan province dedicated to caring for women.

15 Oct 2004 description

Locusts differ from hoppers in that they have the ability to change their behaviour and habits and can migrate
over large distances.  

Solitary desert locusts are harmless to crops.
Desert locusts in their gregarious phase are tremendously destructive.

10 Oct 2004 description


=B7 843,000 Cast Their Votes in Iran and Pakistan

An estimated 843,000 Afghans living in Pakistan and Iran voted yesterday. Of these 583,000 turned out to vote in Pakistan. That represents approximately 79% of those who had registered as voters. In Iran an estimated 260,000 Afghans voted.

08 Oct 2004 description

Spokesperson: Christopher Lom

PAKISTAN/IRAN- Afghans Prepare for Historic Vote - Afghans living in Pakistan and Iran are set to vote tomorrow in what will be the world's largest ever refugee voting programme.

07 Oct 2004 description

More than 3.5 million Afghans have returned to their homeland since the end of 2001, when the Bonn Agreement set Afghanistan on the long and bumpy road to political stability and socio-economic development. UNHCR has been part of that process since its beginning, with staff and offices all around Afghanistan to assist the millions displaced by the decades of strife and war.

In 2002 alone, more than two million Afghan people, refugees and families who had been forced to move within Afghanistan, returned home.

07 Oct 2004 description
report IRIN

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