Pakistan, Host of Largest Refugee Population, has Lost its International Refugee Funding

Written by  Reuters Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:50

Pakistan hosts the world's largest long-term refugee population, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) almost 2.5 million Afghan refugees are in Pakistan who fled more than three decades of war, has lost its Aid Program due funding shortfall.

As the European and Syrian migrant crisis uses up cash which dominates headlines, United Nations officials said, they have slashed Pakistan Aid Program for Afghan Refugees.

The exodus of people from countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan is forcing U.N. officials to cut programs like infant feeding, education, and sanitation for refugees in Pakistan.

The UNHCR in Pakistan has received only $33.6 million for 2015 out of its $136.7 million annual budget, officials said.

That means schools like the one run by principal Mohammad Zamir, 55, at the sprawling Kababiyan refugee camp outside the northwestern city of Peshawar, are telling students to go home.

"This year, during the summer holidays, we were suddenly told that the funds aren't there, and so we are withdrawing 7th and 8th grade classes," said Zamir, gazing over a crowd of blue-uniformed students sitting on the floor of a tent.

Thousands of children could be affected by the cuts.


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