US Frees More Funds for Afghan Refugees

A young Afghan girl carrying donated items. The U.S. will contribute USD1 million to help rehabilitate areas that host or were affected by Afghan refugees. Photo by: isafmedia / CC BY isafmediaCC BY

The U.S. plans to contribute USD1 million to an initiative designed to help rehabilitate areas in Pakistan that host or were affected by Afghan refugees over the past three decades.

The donation will be coursed through the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, according to a statement from the U.S. State Department.

The initiative, dubbed Refugee Affected and Hosting Area project, aims to ensure that the some 1.6 million Afghan refugees currently living in Pakistan will not experience despair and poverty and will have significant economic and social development opportunities.

The U.S. donation comes on top of the USD75 million that the country has spent on projects for Afghan refugees in 2010.

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