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4 January 2015 - Press Release: Japan supports Afghan refugees in Iran

4 Jan 2015 - Japan supports Afghan refugees in IranAfghan refugee women in Shiraz attending a literacy course provided through UNHCR, BAFIA and the Ministry of Education.  UNHCR/T. Leposky
Tehran – Refugees have an important role in the reconstruction of their homeland. The Government of Japan has consistently supported efforts to promote education, livelihood opportunities and access to health care for Afghan refugees in Iran so they may be healthy and better equipped to contribute to the Afghan society when they choose to return in a safe and dignified manner. In addition to the 6 million US dollars donated in February 2014 to assist Afghan refugees in Iran, the Government of Japan recently donated a further nearly 1.2 million US dollars to support UNHCR and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s efforts to provide educational and health services for Afghan refugees in the country.


One example of the projects made possible through Japan’s generous contribution has been literacy classes for female refugees. The courses have helped the refugee women become more self-reliant and provided a foundation for their further education and skills training. “Not only can I now read and write,” said Zahra, an Afghan refugee mother attending a literacy class in Kerman Province, “I can also understand and help my children with some of their schoolwork.”


For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has hosted and supported one of the largest urban refugee populations in the world, and presently hosts almost a million Afghan refugees who left their home due to conflict and war. “It is important that in spite of escalating crises in other parts of the world and the global economic turmoil, Japan stands committed to support Afghan refugees. We are grateful for this gesture,” said Sivanka Dhanapala, UNHCR Representative in Iran.


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