Peshawar: The United Nations on Monday formally
launched a USD 140 million project RAHA for the reconstruction
and rehabilitation of areas in northwest Pakistan affected by
the prolonged stay of Afghan refugees.
Pakistan was among eight countries where the Refugees and
Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme is being implemented, project
coordinator Muhammad Atif said.
The programme will initially be implemented in the four
districts of Peshawar, Swabi, Haripur and Nowshera, through
local communities in the affected areas, he said.
Over 4.5 million Afghan refugees had taken shelter in
Pakistan`s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province after the Soviet
Union`s military invasion of Afghanistan in 1978.