IOM Helps Afghan Returnees from Iran

IOM has provided emergency humanitarian assistance to 1,632 Afghan families returning home from Iran since the end of July.

The operation in Farah, Nimroz and Herat provinces, funded by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), has included the distribution of non-food items, agricultural tools and emergency shelter materials, as well as onward in-country transportation for individual families.

“IOM teams are working in close cooperation with national and provincial Afghan authorities, UNAMA, UNICEF, WFP and UNHCR, who are also helping other returnees,” says IOM Afghanistan Chief of Mission Fernando Arocena.

“Many returning families are very vulnerable and arrive in communities that have very limited resources. This programme is about helping individuals, but also about stabilizing border provinces and strengthening peace in affected areas,” he adds.

IOM teams worked closely with the Afghan authorities and partner agencies to set up two emergency field offices in Farah and Nimroz, procurement and delivery systems, a database to accurately monitor activities and a secure financial system to deliver cash to remote border areas.   

IOM will continue to provide assistance to Afghan returnees through the months of August and September or longer if needed. In addition to emergency humanitarian aid, all IOM’s activities in Afghanistan are geared towards contributing to the Afghan government’s peace building efforts.