Afghan Refugees: In support of host communities

Published: April 12, 2013

Launched in 2009, the RAHA initiative is designed to help communities in Pakistan that have hosted large numbers of Afghan refugees for more than three decades. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

An agreement to support the communities hosting refugees was signed by the German government and the UNHCR here on Thursday. The agreement will provide 100 million euros for the Refugee Affected and Hosting Area (RAHA) initiative, said a press release.

The support given through the German Development Bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW), is earmarked for the execution of projects in the second phase of the RAHA initiative, and will benefit the six districts of Peshawar.

The signing ceremony was attended by German Embassy Economic Counsellor Mandy Zeckra, KFW Country Head Dr Anna-Christine Janke, KFW Crisis and Governance Head of Division Jens Clausen and UNHCR Representative Neill Wright among others.

Launched in 2009, the RAHA initiative is designed to help communities in Pakistan that have hosted large numbers of Afghan refugees for more than three decades.

“RAHA is designed to ensure that the demands caused by hosting refugees does not result in a lower standard of living for the hosts villages and towns that have welcomed Afghan refugees,” said Wright.

Zeb, thanked the German government for the support.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2013.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Omar Khan
    Apr 12, 2013 - 12:53PM

    If the pakistan government is getting 100million euros which is a big amount, it should protect the rights of the afghan refugees living there and not allow the police to bother them and extort money from them illegally.

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  • Pakistani Nationalist
    Apr 12, 2013 - 2:12PM

    Please repatriate all of the refugees, except the educated ones, and the ones that have a clean criminal record and have a lot of money here, otherwise we should repatriate the rest.

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  • HudaiHidmatgar
    Apr 13, 2013 - 2:56AM

    @Pakistani Nationalist…..Stop Jihad in Afghanistan That will result peace there. All of them will be back to their villages. By the way they are Pashtun & living in Pashtuns areas, so what is your problem.

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  • Asim
    Jun 4, 2013 - 4:36PM

    @HudailHimatgar, we are more than happy to keep them here if we can manage all the Pashtun areas, we have no problem if all of the Pashtun areas join the Pakistan.

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