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21 Mar 2018 description

Registered Afghan refugees holding Proof of Registration (PoR) or UNHCR-issued refugee cards, who are planning to return to Afghanistan from Pakistan under the UN Refugee Agency’s facilitated voluntary repatriation programme are hereby informed, that the UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Centres (VRCs) in Azakhel in Nowshera and Baleli in Quetta will be closed on account of Pakistan Day on 23 March (Friday) 2018. The centres will reopen on 26 March, Monday.

09 Apr 2017 description

JALALABAD - The top United Nations official for humanitarian affairs in Afghanistan, Toby Lanzer, visited the country’s eastern province of Nangarhar this week to meet first-hand with Afghans returning from Pakistan and with UN agencies working in Jalalabad to provide them assistance.

06 Jan 2015 description

PAKTYA, 2 January 2015 – Afghan authorities and United Nations humanitarian agencies this week launched an assistance programme for people affected by this year’s harsh winter in the country’s south-eastern region.

The joint government-UN aid effort, which includes the distribution of mainly non-food items, such as kitchen sets and warm clothing provided by the Office of the UN high Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will benefit some 1,000 vulnerable families.

07 Sep 2014 description

3 September 2014 - A senior official from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Nicholas Haysom, met today with an Afghan parliamentarian, Baktash Siawash, to receive a petition protesting the firing of rockets from Pakistan into the country’s eastern province of Kunar.

Received at UNAMA offices in Kabul, the petition – a 10-metre-long sheet – was signed by hundreds of people, mainly by youth and students based in the capital city.

24 Jul 2014 description

23 July 2014 – As part of a United Nations-supported programme, some 1,320 returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) - around 200 families - in the north-eastern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and Badakhshan have recently had their understanding on sanitation and environmental hygiene issues boosted as part of a wider effort to help reduce their mortality rates.

03 Jul 2014 description

3 July 2014 – During a visit to the south-eastern Afghan province of Khost to see first-hand the situation of thousands of displaced Pakistani nationals on Wednesday, a senior United Nations official said the world body is preparing to appeal for “more resources and funds” to help provide them with aid.

“As a result of this visit, we will be preparing an appeal for more resources and funds to help the displaced families in this difficult situation,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, in his remarks to the displaced persons.

12 Dec 2013 description

12 December 2013 – In south-eastern Afghanistan, United Nations relief agencies have started distributing aid items as part of efforts to reach 1,800 families vulnerable to the dangers associated with the country’s harsh winter.

Earlier this week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) started distributing the items in the province of Paktya province, which is on the border with Pakistan.

21 Aug 2013 description

21 August 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai spoke over the telephone on Tuesday on Mr. Ban’s recent visit to Pakistan, according to his spokesperson today.

“The Secretary-General told the President that, during the former's recent visit to Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan had expressed great willingness to improve ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said Martin Nesirky, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

01 Jul 2013 description

30 June 2013 – The Government of Pakistan has agreed not to expel Afghan refugees who had permission to stay in the country until today, with the governments of both Afghanistan and Pakistan also agreeing, at a recent United Nations-backed meeting, to continue their efforts in finding solutions to the world’s most protracted refugee situation.

20 Jun 2013 description

20 June 2013 – With Afghanistan producing the highest number of refugees in the world for over three decades, United Nations and Afghan officials today called for collective efforts and durable solution to address the problem, at an event organized to observe the World Refugee Day in the capital, Kabul.

28 Feb 2013 description

KABUL, 28 February 2013 – The Government of Japan and the United Nations announced US$ 281 million of assistance to Afghanistan for 14 projects to be implemented by nine UN agencies at a signing ceremony held today in Kabul.

26 Feb 2013 description

KABUL, 26 February 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned by the ongoing sectarian violence in Pakistan. On 17 February, in his second statement on the issue this year, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the terrorist attack carried out on 16 February in Quetta that targeted the Shi’a Hazara community resulting in more than 80 persons killed and nearly 200 wounded, many of them women and children.

20 Sep 2012 description

The Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed in a meeting, chaired by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the Turkish city of Istanbul last week that voluntary and dignified repatriation of the Afghan refugees living in Pakistan was “vital for these vulnerable people”.

According to UNHCR Afghanistan, the two Governments agreed to support voluntary repatriation of some 1.66 million Afghan refugees presently living in Pakistan “through an agreed mechanism”, providing them a breathing space to properly reintegrate back home.

25 Apr 2011 description

In the two months since the resumption of the United Nations voluntary repatriation programme more than 5,500 Afghan refugees have been able to return home. Meeting the immediate needs of the returnees is the result of enhanced cooperation between the UN programmes and agencies based in Kabul.

“We came back because this is our country and we want to have a bright future. I am very happy to come back and I want to finish my school here and go to a university,” Amir Khan, 20, told UNAMA at the UN Agency (UNHCR) Encashment Centre in Kabul.

31 Oct 2010 description

With a UN-funded micro-hydro project due to be completed next month, locals of Nawlam village in eastern Laghman province hope that the 30-KW electricity it generates will allow their children better access to modern technologies and education.

During a visit to the project site on Thursday by officials from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the villagers said the project also boosts their economy. UNHCR funded the project with contribution from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

11 Aug 2010 description

11 August 2010 - The Government of Afghanistan, with support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), today sent aid for the flood-affected victims of northwest Pakistan, which has been ravaged by heavy rain and rising waters since last week.

Following approval of government officials, UNICEF sent about 35,000 kg of high-energy biscuits (HEB) and 5,250 kg of oral rehydration salts (ORS) to its office in the capital city of Islamabad to be distributed to the affected communities around Pakistan.

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15 Jul 2010 description

Working with local Afghan partners, the United Nations refugee agency has been providing building materials and cash grants averaging US $100 to hundreds of families crossing back home from Pakistan as part of initial reintegration support in the country.

Sher Ahmad is a recipient of one of the nearly 1,000 shelter assistance packages distributed in the Paktya and Khost province in the southeast.

15 Feb 2010 description

15 February 2010 - It is not just the conventional military war the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan are fighting in the rugged mountains shared by the South Asian neighbours.

31 Dec 2009 description

Pakistan's Ministry for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) has assured the UN refugee agency that it will continue to extend its traditional hospitality to some 1.7 million registered Afghans, pending a decision on the modalities of the renewal of their Proof of Registration (PoR) cards.

"The Government of Pakistan informed UNHCR that the Ministry of SAFRON has submitted the Draft Management and Repatriation Strategy for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan (2010-2012) to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 15 December and decision on it would be finalised soon.

14 Dec 2009 description

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will enter its fourth decade of engagement with the refugee crisis in Afghanistan this month.

The Soviet occupation of the country, which began in 1979, caused one of the largest movements of refugees in history with as many as six million Afghans seeking refuge in Pakistan and Iran at one point.

UNHCR has been involved with the refugee movements throughout this period.

"Our organization is a non-political, humanitarian agency," said Ewen MacLeod, UNHCR's Representative in Afghanistan.