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Over half a million expelled migrants from Pakistan in urgent need of food assistance: WFP

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Afghan refugees walk at a registration centre, upon their arrival from Pakistan in Takhta Pul district of Kandahar province on December 18, 2023. (Photo by Sanaullah SEIAM / AFP)

The World Food Program asserts that nearly half a million expelled Afghan migrants from Pakistan are in dire need of immediate food assistance.

In a post on the X network on Tuesday, the organization stated that expelled migrants from Pakistan lack economic support and face difficulties starting anew in Afghanistan.

The World Food Program further adds that returning migrants from Pakistan are experiencing hunger and resorting to borrowing from others to sustain their livelihoods.

Previously, the World Health Organization declared in a report about expelled migrants from Pakistan that 24% of these migrants are children under the age of five, and 48% are women.

Following the decision of the interim government of Pakistan to expel migrants without legal documentation from the country, hundreds of thousands of Afghan migrants have left Pakistan, both forcibly and voluntarily.

The expulsion has left these migrants in a vulnerable position, without means to sustain themselves or their families, prompting urgent calls for humanitarian aid and support.

The situation underscores the ongoing challenges faced by Afghan migrants, both in Pakistan and upon their return to Afghanistan, highlighting the need for coordinated international efforts to address their plight.

As efforts continue to assist these vulnerable populations, urgent action is required to ensure their basic needs are met and to support their reintegration into society.

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