UN Refugee Agency Receives $1 Million from Jolie-Pitt Foundation for Displaced Families in Pakistan
The head of the refugee agency,
More than 2 million people have been uprooted in
"The Pakistani people have shown incredible generosity to millions of Afghan refugees over the past three decades and are now themselves in great need," said Guterres. "At the moment, even the most basic needs are not being met," he said.
Since fleeing her home, Rahat and her four children have been living in a school building with other displaced families. "We have no money to buy food so we must rely on the local people for donations," she said. "Six families are living in a room, about 50 persons. We sleep on the floor, on mattresses people have brought us. My husband went missing during the bombing."
UNHCR fears that the longer the displacement continues, the greater the likelihood that the resources of the tens of thousands of host families who have taken in displaced people will be depleted. The agency and its partners are rushing to provide more assistance to those host families
In addition to the current displacement emergency,
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees provides protection and assistance to the world's refugees, asylum seekers, refugees returning home, stateless people and a growing number of the millions of people displaced within their own countries. The agency is almost entirely dependent upon voluntary contributions.
SOURCE United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees