ISLAMABAD: The United States has provided more than $273 million in humanitarian aid to Afghan refugees in Pakistan. In 2022, the United States will have provided nearly $60 million in aid to Afghan refugees and host communities in Pakistan.
At a ceremony on Thursday in Islamabad, US Ambassador Donald Blome said: “The United States is thankful to Pakistan for graciously harbouring Afghan refugees for more than four decades, and we are delighted to continue our assistance for this important cause.”
With US support, more Afghan and Pakistani children are attending schools in Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Moreover, increasing healthcare systems and nutrition programmes in regions that are home to Afghans, refugees, and host communities that are creating livelihood activities; the infrastructure for water, sanitation, and hygiene is being improved; and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative health and economic effects is supported.
Noriko Yoshida, a UNHCR official in Pakistan, thanked the US and UNHCR for their immediate support to Afghan refugees and Pakistanis after facing a devastating flood in 2022. Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF’s representative in Pakistan, commended the US for helping UNICEF improve the lives of Afghan refugees.
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