PESHAWAR: The State Ministry and the Border Region (Safron) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the Pakistan Post, began disbursing emergency aid money to the most vulnerable refugee families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
An official statement said that the first distribution was carried out at the Chamkani post office in Peshawar. Bernard Inkoom, head of the UNHCR office in Peshawar, Zaheerullah Khattak, deputy head of the Pakistan Post post office, Mohammad Shafee Murad, and deputy director of the Afghan Refugee and Refugee Ministry and commissioner officials for Afghan Refugees attended the ceremony
Speaking at the event, Mr. Inkoom said that the socio-economic conditions of the refugees were significantly influenced by Covid-19. He said that cash assistance would reach those most affected by economic shocks and help them get back on their feet.
Around 36,000 families will be the initial recipients of this emergency cash assistance through the Pakistan Post.
Those who are eligible for assistance include refugees with disabilities or serious medical conditions, as well as single parents.
Published in Dawn, May 22, 2020
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