The UN Refugee Agency on Tuesday urged greater support for Afghan refugees and the countries hosting them.

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch in a briefing via video conferencing noted Pakistan and Iran host 90% of the 2.7 million Afghan refugees who have fled decades of war in their country.

Baloch warned that neglecting them in the fight against COVID-19 will have a “far-reaching and negative impact”.

“As the race against time continues globally, UNHCR appeals to the international community to boost solidarity with all three countries and have at this critical time to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus

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