Mahira Khan recently took part in her first ever humanitarian mission as part of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Pakistan. The actress visited Afghan refugees in Karachi as part of the international UN Refugee Agency’s programme to protect refugees and displaced people. During her humanitarian trip, the actress spent time with Afghan refugees and documented the visit on her Instagram.
Mahira commended Pakistan for being “one of the most generous countries in the world” for “hosting Afghan refugees for nearly forty years”
“Since 2002, around 4.3 million Afghan refugees have returned back to Afghanistan under the largest voluntary programme in the world,” she wrote on Instagram. She uploaded a series of photos from her trip and continued her pledge for us to care for refugees. “We must care because more than half of the refugees are kids. A lot of them came unaccompanied, without their mothers or fathers.” She ended her note with a powerful statement – “they are our future…no one chooses to be a refugee. No one chooses to leave their home.”
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A lot of times my job has allowed me to witness days and moments that humble me. Today was one of those days. Today I’m also proud to say that my country is one of the most generous countries of the world. The Government and people of Pakistan – with the support of the international community – have been generously hosting Afghan refugees for nearly forty years. Since 2002, around 4.3 million Afghan refugees have returned back to Afghanistan under the largest voluntary return programme in the world. The UN refugee agency has been closely working with the Government of Pakistan and other partners to ensure that the rights of refugees are fully protected. Pakistan continues to host 1.39 million Afghan refugees. You may ask, why should we care? We must care because more than half of the refugees are kids. A lot of them came unaccompanied, without their mothers or fathers.. a lot of them were even born here. They are our future, every child in the world is. No one chooses to be a refugee. No one chooses to leave their home. #unhcrpakistan #UNHCR @unhcrpakistan
Mahira went onto further elaborate on tender moments with two boys who followed her around, making her trip all the more cherishable
They were big fans of Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan, and even sung a song from his film ‘Main Tera Hero.’ Indian actor Varun Dhawan replied to the Mahira’s post and was touched by the love of the two boys.
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These two boys followed me around the whole time. They hadn’t watched any of my films but they insisted they knew someone called Raja. They said ‘Raja hero hai!’. We kept trying to guess who they are talking about. Finally they sang a song from @varundvn ‘s film. They also said they want to be like him. Told them one day inshAllah they will be ❤️ #unhcrpakistan #unhcr @unhcrpakistan
Fans from across the world have praised Mahira for her trip to shed much-needed light on refugees
With a few very proud of Pakistan
And others simply humbled by the actress’s visit
Mahira also gathered the children as she sung ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ with them
What are your thoughts on Mahira’s visit?