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New representative for UNHCR in Pakistan arrives

New representative for UNHCR in Pakistan arrives

Press Release ISLAMABAD – 20 October, 2017: The new representative for the UN refugee agency in Pakistan, Ms. Ruvendrini Menikdiwela, has arrived to take up her responsibilities. She succeeded Mr. Indrika Ratwatte – who has become UNHCR’s Regional Bureau...

From a child bride to a rights defender

From a child bride to a rights defender

News story QUETTA, 28 September, 2017: It is a fine evening. A group of Afghan women are enjoying traditional Afghan tea with Roghni (Afghan snacks) and white Afghan sweets. Everybody is happy as they gather to fix the date for an engagement ceremony. Amid the...

Breaking the status quo: A proud refugee father

Breaking the status quo: A proud refugee father

News Story QUETTA, 31 August 2017: A father takes his daughter to a school where she is the only girl student amongst the boys as there is no school for girls in the village. He faces sarcastic remarks from many people in the community for being odd, but that does not...

‘Rangoona’ festival showcases harmony between communities

‘Rangoona’ festival showcases harmony between communities

News story ISLAMABAD (17 August, 2017): The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) organised a night of entertainment and culture show the cohesion and harmony between Pakistani and Afghan refugee communities. The cultural festival ‘Rangoona’ (unity in diversity) brought together...

UNHCR’s health project to benefit 200,000 patients in Balochistan

UNHCR’s health project to benefit 200,000 patients in Balochistan

Press Release QUETTA, 7 August, 2017: In an effort to improve the health services in public hospitals in Quetta, the UN Refugee Agency Monday handed over a health project worth Rs35.4million (USD350,000) to the provincial health department that will benefit 200,000...

Afghans dream of stepping out of the shadows with Pakistan ID scheme

Afghans dream of stepping out of the shadows with Pakistan ID scheme

By: Samad Khan 21 July 2017 PESHAWAR, Pakistan – An Afghan in Pakistan without papers, Mohammad Rehman has lived all his life in fear of arrest by the police and deportation to his conflict-torn homeland. But a new Pakistan government programme to register up to one...

Improving school facilities to improve student experience

Improving school facilities to improve student experience

News Story New furniture helps keep Afghan refugee and Pakistani children in schools QUETTA, 31 May, 2017: Nine year-old Nadia Abdul Waris attends school with enthusiasm since her school has received new sets furniture for students. “Sitting on the floor was very...