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28 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 April 2015

Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.

28 Apr 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Tuesday 4/28/2015 - 12:59 GMT

At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are feared dead after a landslide swept through a village in Afghanistan's remote mountainous northeast Tuesday, the latest natural disaster in the war-torn nation, officials said.

The disaster, which buried dozens of houses in Badakhshan province, comes nearly a year after another landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 300 people in the isolated region.

28 Apr 2015 description

BAMYAN, 26 April 2015 – Afghan police women met in Bamyan at a United Nations workshop to discuss the practical implementation of key UN resolutions on women’s rights and the protection of civilians.

The recent Protection of Civilians report released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicated that 2014 was the deadliest year yet for Afghan civilians, with more than 10,000 casualties recorded.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Japan

Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met today in his office with the Country Director of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In the meeting where the former Country Director of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Nakahara and Sr. Advisor of JICA were also present, JICA's Country Director stated that his Agency is ready to provide support from Dasht-E-Gamberi and various other irrigation and agricultural projects.

28 Apr 2015 description

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of Operational Plan of the water supply and sanitation was signed today in Kabul between the Ministries of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Education, Public Health and UNICEF.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani by the Deputy Ministers of above-mentioned Ministries.

27 Apr 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

25 Dead, Over 150 hurt in Peshawar windstorm, rains

Earthquake jolts India, Nepal and Pakistan

Floods linked to retreating glaciers threaten Pakistan

Ahead of Season: 22 Dengue cases reported in one week in Karachi

Voice of dissent: Leaders denounce ‘social agreement’ for NWA IDPs

National Action Plan: ‘Maintaining law and order our chief priority’

Revamping standards: Shahbaz says use of IT can curb crime

Rapid solution: FC launches Quick Response Force for Peshawar

27 Apr 2015 description
report Peace Direct

April 27 2015: Vanessa Thevathasan reports on how sport is providing new avenues for peace and development in Afghanistan.

27 Apr 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

UNFPA-supported centre providing assistance to survivors of gender-based violence

KABUL, Afghanistan – “They told me that my mother had sold me to them,” Zarmina* said of her kidnappers, who snatched her from her home in Afghanistan when she was only 13, then forced her into sexual servitude.

Her ordeal began when she was home alone last year. A woman entered the home and took her by force.

26 Apr 2015 description

World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan at an event attended by the Minister of Public Health and key national and international partners supporting immunization activities in the country. Immunization Week seeks to raise people’s awareness on the importance of vaccination and ensure people take action to receive all required life-saving vaccines.

26 Apr 2015 description

According to census exist in ministry for refugees and repatriation, about 6 million Afghan refuge from Afghanistan after 7th sawr coup d’état 1357(solar year) in various places of the world and after come dawn of Taliban regime, about 8.5 million afghan refugee returned in the country and still remained thousands of Afghans outside.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hazrat Mer Hemmat, the line manager of directorate of refugees and repatriations in Paktia province said our reporter: During previous week 32 families which include 167 individual returned voluntarily from Pakistan.

He added: every family assisted 190 up to 210 USD dollars.

Hazrat Mer Hemmat, the line manager of directorate of refugees and repatriations in Paktia province said our reporter: During previous week 32 families which include 167 individual returned voluntarily from Pakistan.

He added: every family assisted 190 up to 210 USD dollars.

25 Apr 2015 description

Jalalabad, Afghanistan | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 10:33 GMT

At least five members of a family have been killed after an insurgent mortar hit their house in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan provincial authorities said Saturday.

"Five Afghan civilians, four women and a man were killed in an enemy mortar attack in Alingar district of Laghman province late Friday evening," provincial police chief, Daud Amin, told AFP.

Amin said eleven other members of the family were wounded in the mortar attack.

25 Apr 2015 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY ALEXANDER FERGUSON ON THU, 04/23/2015

Ahmad Sarmast may owe his life to a fumble with his cellphone. He bent down in his seat to pick up his mobile just as a suicide bomber detonated his charge behind him at a music and theatre performance at the Institut Français d’Afghanistan in Kabul.

24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

24 Apr 2015 description

(23.04.2015) Just a couple of hours ago we received the terrible news that our dear colleague Giovanni LoPorto, who had been taken hostage almost three years ago, is dead. He was killed already in January as collateral victim in what the White House calls an "antiterrorist operation" in the frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

23 Apr 2015 description

As people began crossing into Afghanistan in mid-June, a number of families settled in an open area in Gurboz district, known as Gulan. When agencies started delivering assistance to the new refugee camp, it became apparent that unfortunately the area was mined. UNMAS and partner agencies including Halo Trust began clearing the land to make it safe for the refugees and conducting extensive education among the population to increase awareness and understanding of the risks.

23 Apr 2015 description

Herat, Afghanistan | AFP | Thursday 4/23/2015 - 08:44 GMT

A roadside bomb killed eight members of an Afghan family, including children, just hours after the Taliban claimed their upcoming spring offensive would "safeguard" civilian lives, officials said Thursday.

The blast ripped through the family's vehicle in Khash Rod district of southwestern Nimroz province late Wednesday as they were travelling home.

23 Apr 2015 description
  • Implementation period: January 2012 – August 2015
  • Project budget: $54 million

OVERVIEW

Led by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the SIKA-West program is designed to promote stability in key areas of western Afghanistan. The project supports district-level government entities to help improve governance and provide basic services. SIKA – West’s overarching goal is to increase citizen confidence in and support for the Afghan Government.

23 Apr 2015 description
  • Implementation period: April 2012 – September 2015
  • Project budget: $66 million

OVERVIEW

23 Apr 2015 description

With the completion of an irrigation channel project in Sarbaghan and Moshi villages of Banu district of Baghlan province, approximately 200 rural families gained access to irrigation services.

The project has been completed through the Regional Programmes (RP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) at a cost of more than AFN two million, with the financial support of Japan.

The completion of this project paves the ground for the residents to irrigate their agricultural lands and gardens as well.