Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baby Raha

The emergency facilities operated by the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas program provided the medical care and ambulance amid the country's worst floods in recorded history to safely deliver baby Raha Khan on September 8, 2010. The grateful parents named their baby using the initials of the United Nations-supported program to assist those seeking asyulum and those who offer shelter to refugees in the country.

RAHA was launched in 2009 by the Government of Pakistan and is supported by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This five year program aims to promote "peaceful coexistence between Afghan refugees and local communities through paid employment projects in the areas of agriculture and irrigation, road repairs, crop and livestock production, rehabilitation of health facilities and services, and access to safe drinking water"(undp.org).

-Shereen Alibhai