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  • Ending the Afghan exile

    news AlJazeera, 16 Dec 2019 (4 years ago )
    Some 2.7 million Afghans live as refugees abroad. Their future depends on solidarity and action today. This month marks 40 years since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Since December 1979, almost unending waves of conflict and violence have forced successive generations of Afghan men, women and ...
  • Coronavirus – Now is not the time to forget Afghanistan and its neighbours

    news This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva., 14 Apr 2020 (4 years ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urges greater support to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that leaving Afghans and their host communities behind will have a far-reaching and negative impact on global efforts to fight the virus. The coronavirus poses a ve...
  • Iran policy change gives refugees access to banking services

    news UNHCR, 08 Jun 2021 (3 years 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 warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

    news UNHCR, 13 Jul 2021 (3 years 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...
  • Government of Pakistan delivers first new biometric identity smartcards to Afghan refugees

    news UNHCR, 25 May 2021 (3 years ago )
    Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) issued today the first new biometric identity smartcards to Afghan refugees registered in the country. The new Proof of Registration (PoR) cards are legally recognized proof of identity and include enhanced security features. This...
  • Skills training builds futures for refugees and Pakistanis alike

    news By Humera Karim in Quetta, Pakistan, 16 Jul 2021 (3 years ago )
    In Quetta, Pakistan, Nida and her fellow trainees are gaining vocational skills, equipping them to take advantage of new livelihoods opportunities.
  • A test of speed, strength, skill and horsemanship

    news UNHCR/Humera Karim Quetta, Pakistan, 06 Aug 2021 (2 years 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.
  • 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 years 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.
  • Amid COVID disruptions, Afghan refugee women are stepping forward into business

    news By Zikrea Saleah in Peshawar, Pakistan, 09 Nov 2021 (2 years ago )
    In Pakistan, enterprising Afghan refugee women are stepping forward to support their families, learn skills and run small businesses.
  • Afghan refugee removes obstacles barring kids with disabilities from school

    news By Zikrea Saleah in Peshawar, Pakistan, 17 Feb 2022 (2 years ago )
    In Pakistan, Jamil provides wheelchairs to get refugees with disabilities into the classroom and give them a shot at a future.