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UNHCR aims to raise billions of dollars in aid for Afghan refugees

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will hold a pledge meeting at the end of March to raise what is said to be the largest amount in history to help Afghan refugees in an increasingly dire situation. The aim is to raise more than US $ 5 billion from donor countries, who revealed at a recent press conference at the UN House in Mishlev that they had visited Indrika Ratowate, UNHCR Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific region. ..

UNHCR has reiterated its long-standing partnership with Kuwait for several years, and Mr. Ratwate added that Kuwait has played a leading role in supporting global humanitarian efforts over the years. He told the media at the end of his two-day visit, emphasizing the importance of continuing international support and solidarity with refugees and displaced persons, especially in light of growing humanitarian needs in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. ..

“Kuwait has been ranked as a top donor to UNHCR in the region over the last decade, and donations of over $ 435 million represent the model of international solidarity we need to meet. The enormous humanitarian needs we have witnessed, “said Ratwate.

Bangladesh points out that there are nearly one million Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar camp, who are completely dependent on humanitarian aid, UN officials said UN officials said the support provided by the international community protected the refugees and they. Emphasized that it is important to provide life to-saving aid and services.

Regarding the meeting with Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Development and International Cooperation, Hamad al-Mashan, UNHCR Regional Director said he had discussed recent developments and humanitarian needs in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He added that he had fruitful discussions with representatives of Kuwait’s charities and humanitarian organizations such as the Patient Support Fund Association, the Tanmia Foundation, The Cut House, and the Kuwait Red Crescent Society.

If the international community does not intervene in timely support and support, refugee host countries will face humanitarian catastrophes, saying, “Recently benefited from the generous contributions of Kuwait’s Red Crescent Society and Kuwait’s charities. There are 530,000 people who have received it. “

Regarding cooperation with the Taliban government in Afghanistan and support for UN organizations, Mr. Ratwate said: With all obstacles, authorities have allowed us to contact refugees and provide humanitarian assistance to meet their daily needs. “The work done by UN organizations will benefit the people of Afghanistan.”

Similarly, neighboring countries, especially Pakistan and Iran, have accepted more than 2.2 million registered refugees for over 40 years. We also need ongoing support so that we can continue our inclusive policies for refugees.

When asked that most of the donations did not reach the beneficiaries and were used to cover the operating costs of the organization, Ratawatte replied that there were no operating costs, but the operating costs were less than 6.5%. contribution.

In the case of Afghanistan, UNHCR has 360 employees working in the field, 80 of whom work to coordinate aid on the ground, helping them reach and point out the poor. He pointed out that he needed logistical support to provide. , “There are no operating fees or fees for donating Zakat.”

He pointed out that many refugees and displaced persons need physical and psychological care, he explained. It is a major challenge we face in that it takes years to recover because we have to undergo psychological counseling. “

Regarding the challenges facing the work of the organization, he states: “Registration and documentation of internally displaced persons and internally displaced persons is one of the most important challenges facing our work, in addition to the need to share the responsibilities of these displaced persons and internally displaced persons with their hosts. We point out that 80% of refugees around the world are embraced by developing countries with their own challenges and provide the necessary support to each country. “
The next Afghanistan meeting was scheduled for March 31st, and Mr. Ratwate showed the possibility that it would be held in Geneva, the center of many humanitarian organizations.

Nizleen Rubaian, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Nizleen Rubaian stated that the purpose of the visit of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Indrica Ratwate, Director of the Asia-Pacific Region, was as follows: .. The generous contributions of Kuwait, civil society institutions and charities to humanitarian aid to refugees and internally displaced persons, and not only in the Arab community, but throughout the world. She also added a visit aimed at highlighting the situation of refugees in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and neighboring countries.

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