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Approximately 242 million people are living in Pakistan. Many of them do not have easy access to drinking water and suffer from food insecurity due to natural disasters, lack of livelihood opportunities and high food prices. Already during the Afghanistan war 40 years ago, Pakistan - despite its own economic problems - took in millions of refugees from the neighbouring country. Since the Taliban took power in August 2021, many Afghans have again sought protection in Pakistan.

The living conditions of refugees in Pakistan are often even more devastating than those of Pakistanis. Officially registered refugees can apply for social benefits through the local authorities, but many of the refugees have an unclear official status. The proportion of minors among them is at 44%, which is relatively high.

3 Mädchen und 2 Jungen sitzen auf dem Boden und unterhalten sich. Die Mädchen tragen blaue lange Kopftücher, die Jungen blaue Hämden.
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Humanitarian Aid- support for afghan refugees in Pakistan

More and more people from Afghanistan are seeking refuge in Pakistan. The situation in the shelters is very tense due to the high prices for food and the lack of necessary materials. Together with SOLIDAR Suisse, AWO International supports refugees with food, cooking utensils and other urgently needed relief supplies.

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