UNHCR / GRANDI AFGHANISTAN

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Declaring that the world must deliver sustained support to the people of Afghanistan, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appealed for robust assistance to address the country’s humanitarian needs and those of Afghan refugees abroad. UNHCR

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DATELINE: 15-16 MARCH 2022, KANDAHAR / JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN

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16 MARCH 2022, JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN

1. Various shots, students at Saracha Al Khan school – built by UNHCR
2. Wide shot, UNHCR delegation arriving at school
3. Med shot, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi meeting officials
4. Med shot, students handing plaque to Grandi
5. Various shots, female students in classroom
6. Various shots, Grandi meeting students in classroom
7. Close up, student taking notes
8. Close up, Grandi speaking to student in classroom
9. Med shot, Grandi waving at students in classroom
10. Various shots, students in classroom
11. Various shots, teacher in classroom
12. Med shot, students raising hands in class

15 MARCH 2022, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN

13. Wide shot, health center built by UNHCR and partners
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“How can we help, how can we help address the humanitarian situation, which is very serious for millions of Afghans who are hungry, who are thirsty, who do not have shelter, who are displaced and who feel marginalized and dispossessed? How can we help in this complex situation? And I have to say that we have come up with a number of very concrete options, concrete projects, and we will need international support for that.”
15. Wide shot, health centre built by UNHCR and partners
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I'm speaking to you at a time when a major humanitarian crisis is developing in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. But my message here has been, whilst of course there has to be attention for these big crises like Ukraine, we cannot forget places like Afghanistan that continue to need the support of UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations until stability, until prosperity are restored to the country.”
17. Wide shot, signage outside health centre built by UNHCR and partners

STORYLINE:

Declaring that the world must deliver sustained support to the people of Afghanistan, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appealed for robust assistance to address the country’s humanitarian needs and those of Afghan refugees abroad.

Grandi arrived in Afghanistan on Monday (14 Mar) and met with the interim Afghan government as well as UN and NGO workers who continue to provide vital assistance throughout the country. During his meetings, Grandi said UNHCR’s commitment to stay and deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan is unwavering.

So far in 2022, the UN Refugee Agency’s assistance and relief programmes have helped more than 500,000 Afghans, including more than 130,000 people who received relief items or direct financial assistance to survive the winter and more than 370,000 people who benefited from health centres, schools, water systems and other infrastructure that UNHCR has built in areas prioritised for the return of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).

Some 3.4 million people are internally displaced due to conflict. Overall, 24 million people throughout Afghanistan require humanitarian support this year.

The UN Refugee Agency has been in Afghanistan for four decades providing emergency assistance and support to displaced and returning Afghans. UNHCR said it was currently engaged via 55 area-based programmes that assist reintegration and build community resilience and stability under its Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees, which focuses support in more than 11,000 villages in Afghanistan and also in refugee hosting areas in neighbouring countries.

Grandi said he welcomed what he heard from authorities— not only in Kabul, but also in Kandahar and Jalalabad, with all officials recognizing the importance of vital services like health centres, schools, and clean water accessible to all Afghans. He also conveyed to all interlocutors that now the proof of these good intentions lay in concrete decisions and actions, starting with the re-opening of schools for both girls and boys.

Grandi visited a just opened UNHCR-built health centre in Kandahar and a girls’ high school which UNHCR constructed in Jalalabad.
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