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EU's $11m aid to help resettle displaced Afghans

EU's $11m aid to help resettle displaced Afghans

Aug 16, 2015 - 21:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) would provide the Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation more than $11 million in aid to help resettle displaced and refugee families under an agreement signed on Sunday.

To the effect, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the ministry, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG and UN HABITAT representative to implement the aid programme.

Refugee Minister Syed Hussain Alemi Balkhi during the MoU signing ceremony said 10 million euros (More than $11 million) was given to the UN HABITAT under the agreement.

He said the money would be used for providing housing and other facilities for displaced families in Kabul, Herat and Nangarhar provinces.

He said the program commenced today and would continue for three years.

Balkhi expressed his concern about the increasing number of displaced families and said their strength had increased by 20 percent this year compared to 2014. He said 100,000 families had been displaced from this year, taking their number to one million.

UN HABITAT acting director Matthew French said his office was committed to providing housing facilities for displaced families in their hometowns.


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