ISLAMABAD – The Government of Japan has donated $6 million for the provisions of humanitarian assistance to registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. 

The contribution is part of Japan’s Aid to Afghan Refugees initiative under which $ 30 million will be donated to the United Nations-led refugee operations in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. The UN in Pakistan has earmarked $ 2.2 million for education programmes, $ 2.3 million for healthcare and $ 1.5 million for legal aid programmes for Afghan refugees.

“Japan continues to be a vital and generous supporter of UN operations globally,” said Neill Wright, head of a UN agency in Pakistan. “By using the funds donated to our offices in Pakistan to focus on education and health care, we are working towards finding lasting solutions to the world’s longest-running refugee situation.”

Since 2002, more than 3.7 million Afghans have returned home under UN’s voluntary repatriation programme. A further 1.7 million Afghan refugees remain in Pakistan and in need of solutions. Next month, international representatives will gather in Geneva, Switzerland for a conference on the Regional Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees which has been endorsed by the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan as well as the UN.

“The donations made by the Government of Japan in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran will also contribute to implementing the regional strategy for the repatriation and successful reintegration of Aghan refugees,” added Wright.