US Congresswoman assures support to Afghan refugees

HARIPUR - US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Saturday said that the people of the United States of America would continue to provide every possible support for the wellbeing of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

“I can understand the feelings of Afghan refugees and know that whatever facilities they are provided with by the hosts, their ultimate priority would be to return to their homeland,” she said this while speaking at a meeting attended by Afghan elders, district administration, officials of Afghan Commissionerate and others.

She lauded the government of Pakistan, Afghan Commissionerate,   and humanitarian organisations engaged in providing health and education services to Afghan refugees for the last more than four decades. She said that upon her return to America, she would discuss and explore more avenues for the improvement of services and uplift of the Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. She visited the Government Technical & Vocational Centre (GTVC) where the administration briefed her on different vocational training programmes being offered to Afghan refugees along with children of hosting communities of Haripur.

The US congresswoman also visited the primary school for Afghan girls in the Panian refugee camp where the young students welcomed her and presented different tableaus in their native languages.

She stayed with the Afghan schoolgirls for some time and interacted with them about their studies. The Afghan elders met the US lawmaker and shared how they faced problems of health, education, potable water when they had first arrived, and lauded the initiatives of Pakistani government and different NGOs for extending support   to bring improvement in their living standard.

Commissioner Afghan Refugees Muhammad Abbas Khan briefed the US congresswoman about the ongoing and future steps to be taken for the wellbeing of Afghan refugees.

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