Haripur, 26 November 2021 (TDI): On Wednesday, a delegation of the Canadian High Commission to Pakistan visited a refugee village in Haripur. The visit was made to exhibit Ottawa’s support to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Agency in Pakistan.
Peter MacDougall, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Affairs Canada, also joined the delegation for the Panian Camp’s visit. The delegates met with the Afghan refugees and commended Canada’s efforts to support the vulnerable Afghans residing in Pakistan.
Canada is assisting Afghan refugees and the United Nations Refugee Agency in various areas, particularly health, education, and security. The country wants to restore peace and stability in the South Asian region.
@UNHCRPakistan appreciates the visit of the delegation from the @CanHCPakistan to meet with Afghan refugees in a refugee village in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Thank you🙏 Canada 🇨🇦 for your longstanding support to #health ⚕️, #education 📚 & protection of #refugees in Pakistan. https://t.co/c9xyQXMg83
— UNHCR Pakistan (@UNHCRPakistan) November 24, 2021
Panian Camp is operating as the major refugee village in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan has established these camps for the settlement of Afghan refugees. The Panian camp is home to more than sixty thousand refugees.
The Government of Pakistan has taken the responsibility to monitor these refugee villages, along with the huge support provided by the United Nations Refugee Agency.
The Panian camp is amongst the largest refugee camps in the world which provides several facilities to the refugees. These include education, food, medical assistance, electricity, clean water, and sanitation.
What’s happening in Afghanistan?
The humanitarian and political situation in Afghanistan got worse the following year; The Taliban took over Kabul in mid-August followed by the complete withdrawal of United States troops.
At present, Afghanistan is being ruled by the Taliban government which has led to widespread chaos, thus, forcing many Afghans to flee the country.
The people of Afghanistan are seeking refuge in the neighboring countries, particularly in Iran and Pakistan. Meanwhile, several international organizations have been making efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Kabul.