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  • Amid COVID disruptions, Afghan refugee women are stepping forward into business

    news By Zikrea Saleah in Peshawar, Pakistan 09 November 2021, 09 Nov 2021 (25 days ago )
    In Pakistan, enterprising Afghan refugee women are stepping forward to support their families, learn skills and run small businesses.
  • Afghan refugee doctor dares women and girls to dream

    news Afghan refugee Saleema Rehman has beaten the odds to become the first female doctor in her community. © UNHCR/Amsal Naeem, 29 Sep 2021 (2 months ago )
    Doctor Saleema Rehman is the regional winner for Asia for UNHCR’s annual Nansen Refugee Award for her dedication to promoting girls’ education in her community and for her contribution to Pakistan’s COVID-19 response.
  • A test of speed, strength, skill and horsemanship

    news UNHCR/Humera Karim Quetta, Pakistan, 06 Aug 2021 (3 months ago )
    Haji Gada Muhammed sits on a cushion in a splendid white parahan tunban, a traditional Afghan long-shirt and loosely plaited trousers made of linen.
  • Skills training builds futures for refugees and Pakistanis alike

    news By Humera Karim in Quetta, Pakistan, 16 Jul 2021 (4 months ago )
    In Quetta, Pakistan, Nida and her fellow trainees are gaining vocational skills, equipping them to take advantage of new livelihoods opportunities.
  • UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

    news UNHCR, 13 Jul 2021 (4 months ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning of a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as the escalating conflict brings increased human suffering and civilian displacement. An estimated 270,000 Afghans have been newly displaced inside the country since January 2021 – primarily due to insecurit...
  • Iran policy change gives refugees access to banking services

    news UNHCR, 08 Jun 2021 (5 months ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s recent move to formalize access to banking services – including debit cards, for Afghan refugees in the country. Before the new policy was announced, banks around the country followed different practices, whic...
  • UNHCR welcomes the safe disembarkation of Rohingya refugees in east Aceh, Indonesia

    news UNHCR, 05 Jun 2021 (5 months ago )
    This news comment is attributable Indrika Ratwatte, Director of the UNHCR Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. BANGKOK, Thailand – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed yesterday’s disembarkation of 81 Rohingya refugees in east Aceh, Indonesia. After several months at sea in perilous condit...
  • UNHCR urges stronger support for refugee vaccinations in Asia

    news UNHCR, 01 Jun 2021 (6 months ago )
    With COVID-19 raging in many parts of the world, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning about shortages of vaccines in the Asia-Pacific region, including for refugees and asylum-seekers. We urge immediate and stronger support for the COVAX initiative, a worldwide effort aimed at achieving equit...
  • Renewed commitment needed to support displaced Afghans and their hosts

    news UNHCR, 31 May 2021 (6 months ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for a renewed commitment from the international community to stand in solidarity with millions of Afghans who are anxious about their future, and with the host countries that have provided safety to millions of Afghan refugees fleeing successive waves of viol...
  • UNHCR calls for continued engagement and increased support for Afghanistan

    news UNHCR, 27 May 2021 (6 months ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for greater support from the international community for Afghanistan’s people, including those displaced within its borders and refugees seeking safety outside the country. The appeal comes at the end of a four-day visit by UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissio...