UNHCR's work continues in Afghanistan, despite attack

High Commissioner Guterres visits the damaged UNHCR office in Kandahar.

The UN Refugee Agency Chief, António Guterres, visited the southern Afghan city of Kandahar to pay his respects to three colleagues who were killed in an attack there last week.

An investigation into the attack is under way.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul on Thursday, Mr. Guterres reiterated UNHCR's commitment to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees saying the Agency has a strict humanitarian and non-political mandate.

UNHCR, which has been working in Afghanistan since the 1980s, has facilitated the return of over 4.5 million refugees from Pakistan and Iran.

António Guterres says the agency's work goes on despite the attack

"I was yesterday in Kandahar and I met with our colleagues, namely our Afghan colleagues that correspond to the bulk of our team in Kandahar. And I was extremely proud when they could report to me that UNHCR operations in Kandahar remain as they were and that the level of support to our beneficiaries has not been negatively impacted by the tragic events that took place."

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