Sep 162017
Rohingya crisis

The atrocities being committed against the Rohingya are increasing at a fast pace. It is unfortunate that the entire world is only observing the situation and not doing anything about it. The Rohingya are living in Myanmar for centuries, but now they are being driven out of their villages. Government forces in Myanmar are brutally killing these people. As a result, tens of thousands of these people have migrated to the neighbouring country, Bangladesh, and are now hopelessly looking for shelter. But their journey to a safe place is not easy at all. The neighbouring country too cannot afford to give place to thousands of refugees. According to the UNHCR, 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border. It is unfortunate that international organisations like the UN have not been able to resolve the serious matter. In fact, except for Turkey no other country has strongly condemned the violence. For the sake of humanity, the entire world should take a stand to resolve the matter. International organisations must help rehabilitate displaced people. Abdul Basit Mirbahar Mahesaro   ***** The end of the Rohingya crisis is nowhere in sight. Myanmar government forces are killing hundreds of people on a daily basis. According to official reports, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been displaced owing to the violence. About 31,000 Muslims have migrated to Bangladesh. The situation in the region is the worst. The forces are burning down villages to drive the people out of the region. The people are living in [Read More…]

Apr 082017

PESHAWAR: Authorities in Peshawar are set to seal offices of the United Nations (UN) situated in University Town’s residential areas, escalating the drive initiated to end commercial activities in residential areas. On Saturday, the administration sealed 17 commercial buildings and disconnected their electricity supply. These buildings had not been vacated despite repeated notices served. The deputy commissioner’s staff was accompanied by police during the action. The notices were served to a large number of health facilities, educational institutions and national and international aid organisations. “Since we have court orders, we have already sealed a number of buildings, but a meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday at the chief secretary’s office on whether to seal UN offices,” a senior official involved in the operation told The Express Tribune. UN offices in Peshawar’s University Town likely to be sealed He stated that different international organisations and UN offices including United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) besides others were served notices. Houses rented out to different UN bodies are likely to be sealed next week. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Saqib Raza Aslam said in an official statement, the operation will continue until commercial activities in residential areas are fully restrained. In September 2013, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) ordered the district administration to seal all buildings being used for commercial purposes. The directions were issued during a case hearing where town residents challenged the operation of commercial activities in residential areas. The post Houses rented [Read More…]

Apr 062017

KHARTOUM: Sudan is facing an “emergency-like situation” with nearly 1,500 South Sudanese crossing into the country each day to flee famine and war, a top Sudanese official said Thursday. South Sudan, formed after splitting from the north in 2011, has declared a famine in parts of the country where 100,000 people are said to be facing starvation. Each day, 1,500 South Sudanese — mostly women and children — are crossing into Sudan, mainly in states like East Darfur, South Darfur and White Nile, Khartoum’s commissioner for refugees Hamad Elgizouli told reporters. Pakistani engineer kidnapped in South Sudan “We are in an emergency-like situation… and until now we have not received any donations except to meet some existential needs,” he said. “There is a flood of South Sudanese since South Sudan declared a famine three months ago.” In late March, Sudan opened a “humanitarian corridor” for delivering food aid to thousands of South Sudanese suffering from famine in Unity State and Bahr El Ghazal. Sudanese and UN officials expect the influx of South Sudanese refugees to carry on throughout this year. “We expect about 180,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan by the end of the year,” said Noriko Yoshida, the Sudan representative of UN refugee agency UNHCR. At the start of this year, the UNHCR had expected about 60,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but that figure was already surpassed by the end of March. “The number is only increasing day by day… The increase [Read More…]

Dec 112016
UNHCR, KP Health Dept sign MoU to boost immunisation

PESHAWAR: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Department of Health, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to strengthen and improve… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 242016

PESHAWAR: To repatriate Afghan refugees in a respectable and dignified manner, the UNHCR has decided to open another centre in Peshawar and introduce new procedures. Currently, the UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Centre (VRC) in Chamkani is the sole entity responsible for Afghan refugees returning to their home country on a voluntary basis. However, due to the current mass repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, the centre is overburdened, resulting in considerable difficulties for people hailing from the neighbouring country. Many of them have been forced to spend nights without any shelter. To better manage the situation, the UNHCR will open another VRC near the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees in Hayatabad in the city soon. The aim is to ease the process of voluntary return. Talking to The Express Tribune, UNHCR spokesperson in Pakistan, Dunya Aslam Khan, said the new VRC will provide every facility to refugees who want to voluntarily return. She said the number of repatriating refugees has almost doubled over the last two months, while the VRC in Chamkani can cater to 500 families a day. The spokesperson said between 3,000 and 3,500 people visit the centre and it is difficult for staff members to handle them at the same time. She said the centre has a capacity of 200 trucks, while the number of these vehicles increases with the growing number of people returning. Dunya Aslam shared the parking capacity has been increased and could accommodate up to 700 trucks at a time. According to the new procedure prescribed [Read More…]

May 082016

UNITED NATIONS: A range of Pakistani products, both food and merchandise, were on display – and for sale – at the annual United Nations International Bazaar recently held at the UN Headquarters in New York. We are participating with two stalls, one of products and the other food — Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) May 4, 2016 Mrs Ban ki Moon visited our stall at the UN bazar — Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) May 4, 2016 Braving cold weather and intermittent rain, a large number of people visited the bazaar, which was organised by the UN Women’s Guild (UNWG) in collaboration with permanent missions accredited to the United Nations. Maleeha Lodhi invites Leonardo DiCaprio to Pakistan Our pictorial stand ups that we used for our stalls at the UN — Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) May 4, 2016 With other Ambassadors at our stall — Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) May 4, 2016 The event featured cuisine from around the world as well as fine arts and handicrafts. Pakistan had two stalls, one for food and other featuring clothing and a number of other hand-crafted items. The wife of UN secretary-general, Ban Soon-taek, who is a patron of the Bazaar, visited one of the Pakistani stalls offering dresses and other items. With our colleague . Italy's Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi at the UN bazar on a chilly NY day — Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) May 5, 2016 She was greeted by Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi. Ban praised the quality and sophistication of [Read More…]

Apr 122016
More than 300,000 patients to benefit from improved healthcare facilities at Balochistan Institute of Nephro-Urology Quetta

Quetta, April 12, 2016 (PPI-OT):Balochistan’s Provincial Ministry of Health and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) marked today the ground-breaking ceremony for improvement and extension of the existing Balochistan Institute of Nephro-Urology Quetta (BINUQ) in Quetta. The project has been identifies under the United Nations’ Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative which is an important vehicle for improving access to and quality services for both Afghan refugees and their host communities. The project will be carried out jointly by the provincial health department, BINUQ management and UNHCR through Society of Collective Interests Orientation Pakistan (SOCIO Pak). Approximately 300,000 patients will benefit from the upgraded health facility for which the construction work will be completed in August 2016. Provincial Minster of Health, Rehmat Saleh Baloch, Chief Executive Officer, BINUQ, Prof. Dr. Karim Zarkoon and the provincial head of UNHCR in Quetta, Dinesh Shrestha attended the ceremony, organized by SOCIO Pak at the Balochistan Institute of Nephro-Urology Quetta (BINUQ). Under the project activities are included construction of a dialysis unit (6000 Sqft), construction of ramp, provision and installation of elevator, centralized oxygen system, centralized suction system and provision of 15 modern beds. The project’s soft component focuses on the formation of youth management committee, establishment of 3 blood camps and provision of training to eligible candidates for dispensers. The existing BINUQ is the only facility in the province that treats 60 cases of patients suffering from renal diseases on daily basis. Access of patients with renal problems to BINUQ and its services [Read More…]

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