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Afghanistan: Italy gives WFP 800,000 euros to assist refugees and the internally displaced

The Italian Cooperation allocated 800,000 euros in emergency aid to WFP (World Food Programme) to support the extraordinary plan the organization launched. The WFP plan faces up to the very severe humanitarian situation generated by the return of an increasing number of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and by a growing number of the internally displaced moving to areas in the country where clashes between governmental forces and insurgents are at their highest. 

Also, thanks to the Italian contribution, WFP will be able to provide economic and nutritional support as well as foodstuff to approx. 548,000 people, of which 363,000 are “returnees”, 150,000 are internally displaced (IDPs) and 35,000 are refugees coming from Pakistan.  A support in money and kind, which will be handled accordingly as to the way the situation on the ground evolves, will also take into consideration the specific criticalities caused by the presence of numerous refugees who have no ID or who have no refugee status.