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Japan's UNIQLO clothing chain puts smiles on faces of refugees in Nepal


Japan’s popular casual clothing chain, UNIQLO, has distributed 50,000 pieces of second-hand clothing to refugees at a camp in eastern Nepal. The recycled clothes had been donated by customers at more than 700 UNIQLO outlets around Japan.

“This donation could not have been better timed. It will make a huge difference in the lives of the refugees – particularly the women and children, who are the most vulnerable,” said Abraham Abraham, UNHCR representative in Nepal.

A UNIQLO delegation headed by Yukihiro Nitta, the company vice-president responsible for finance and legal affairs, joined UNHCR staff at the distribution. Award-winning children’s book author, Eto Mori, also attended the ceremony and plans to write about her visit to the camp.

The donation was especially welcome as UNHCR has been unable to distribute clothes to the refugees for several years due to a lack of funds. “We would have failed in meeting this important need had it not been for this timely donation,” UNHCR’s Abraham said, adding: “We are very grateful to UNIQLO and the people of Japan.”