Australia Announces Humanitarian Assistance For Afghan Refugees In Pakistan


ISLAMABAD, 21 June: Australian government has announced $ 15 million humanitarian assistance to support Afghan refugees in Pakistan on the World Refugee Day.
A statement issued from Ministry of Foreign Affairs read that Australia’s assistance will provide vital protection services, healthcare and nutrition to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, people returning from neighboring countries, people displaced by conflict and host communities in Pakistan. It will focus on protecting the most vulnerable, including women and children and people with disabilities.
The financial assistance in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be provided through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Children’s Fund, International Organization for Migration, and the UN Population Fund, the statement stated.
The United Nations estimates over 3.3 million Afghan people are currently displaced across Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, since January 2016 over 1.1 million people have returned to Afghanistan from neighboring countries. Many returnees are in urgent need of assistance with resettlement and reintegration.