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30 Aug 2016 description

JALALABAD - The critical importance of strengthening children’s rights was highlighted at an UN-backed radio debate broadcast out of the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

A four-member panel consisting of civil society representatives and community leaders discussed education, security and a range of other issues related to helping develop Afghan children into strong contributors to Afghanistan’s political, social and economic development.

30 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Serbia continued to host around 4,400 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Over 80% of them were accommodated in governmental facilities, including 1,340 in the five Asylum Centres and 2,216 in Refugee Aid Points/Reception Centres.

30 Aug 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Heavy rainfall floods streets in Rawalpindi

  • Provinces asked to follow National Climate Change policy

  • Preventive measures against Congo virus advised: Experts

  • Pakistan to become water scarce in 4 years

  • Supreme Court rejects review appeals of 16 terror convicts set to hang

  • Pakistan’s Counter- Terrorism Policy

  • CPEC confronts terrorism

  • US urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to work together against terrorism

30 Aug 2016 description

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $31.37 million grant to prepare the Salang Corridor rehabilitation project to improve the efficiency and safety of movement of goods and people in Afghanistan and across Central Asia.

The grant includes $15.92 million contributed by the Government of Japan through the ADB-administered Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF). AITF is a donor-financed fund established in 2010 that aims to improve livelihoods of the Afghan people through infrastructure development.

30 Aug 2016 description

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government seems to have adopted a contradictory policy for Afghan students as it does the opposite of what it preaches about their admission to schools and colleges in the province.

The home and tribal affairs department through a letter issued on August 22 had informed the relevant departments that there was no restriction on the grant of admission to Afghan students in the government or private educational institutions throughout the province.

29 Aug 2016 description

Every Thursday for the past five months, eight lawyers and activists have gathered around a conference table in our Madrid office to plan out our response to the European refugee crisis. One goal was to focus attention on the needs of women and children who have been particularly vulnerable to abuses in camps and in transit. Many of these meetings are filled with debates about legal theory, procedure, and strategy. But whenever a team of our attorneys returns from the field, we put those matters aside and listen.

29 Aug 2016 description
report HALO Trust

Abdul Hakim carries fragmentation in his shoulder and leg from a Russian mine which wounded him while he was fighting as a young mujahid in 1987 in the hills near Mazar-e-Sharif, but that doesn’t slow him down now as he walks these same hills with his 10-year-old grandson Kazim tending to their flock of 40 sheep. He explains why he refuses to register with the government to receive disability payments,

I’m strong because I drink goat’s milk! 

29 Aug 2016 description

KABUL - UNAMA condemns last night’s attack in Kabul on the American University of Afghanistan that killed 12 civilians and injured more than 50 others, mostly students.

The attack began with the detonation of a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at a university gate, after which two attackers entered the compound during the busy evening class period.

Eleven of the killed were students, nine male and two female.

29 Aug 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12491-AFG/459

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Ramlan Bin Ibrahim (Malaysia):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that occurred on 24 August in Kabul, targeting students of the American University of Afghanistan, which resulted in at least 13 people dead, including six students from this university, and 50 people injured, including 36 students.

29 Aug 2016 description

WHAT IS GENCAP? The Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) is a joint initiative from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). GenCap seeks to build capacity of humanitarian actors mainly at country level to mainstream gender in all sectors of humanitarian response. Gender Capacity (GenCap) Advisors facilitate, coordinate and advocate for the implementation of sector-by-sector gender-equality programming in humanitarian emergency settings.

29 Aug 2016 description

The National Water Supply project of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) completed a water supply project, with the cost of Afs 521,000 for use for the rural communities in the province of Nangarhar.

This project consisted of digging six water wells, with hand pump installation – benefitting 115 rural families in Nojoo and Kota Taran villages of Kheewa district of Nangarhar province.

29 Aug 2016 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Monday 8/29/2016 - 06:31 GMT

Afghanistan launched a polio vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at reaching children in areas previously controlled by Islamic State group militants, officials said.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio remains endemic -- a fact blamed on opposition to immunisation by Islamist groups, who claim the vaccines are a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims or a cover for spying.

29 Aug 2016 description

19 August, 2016 Astana – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, the United Nations Development Programme, the Government of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency have launched a pilot project of Kazakhstan’s ODA aimed at expanding economic independence and rights of Afghan women and entitled “Promoting Kazakhstan’s ODA Cooperation with Afghanistan”.

28 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Malnutrition affects 2.7 million people including a million children under the age of five.
Only 35 per cent of children with severe acute malnutrition are being reached and of those, only 25 per cent are actually cured.

• Despite access constraints, conflict and displacement, Medair delivers critical nutrition support in the South

• More than 5,000 people Afghans are returning from Pakistan per day

28 Aug 2016 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Sunday 8/28/2016 - 10:42 GMT

Germany expects up to 300,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015's record influx, the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) said Sunday.

BAMF chief Frank-Juergen Weise told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Germany's healthy economy and improvements to refugee services meant that the country was well-placed to absorb new arrivals, particularly as their numbers have dropped off.

28 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Of the estimated 4,400 total new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Serbia, over 78% were accommodated in governmental facilities, including 1,221 in the five Asylum Centres and 2,231 in Refugee Aid Points/Reception Centres.

27 Aug 2016 description

OVERVIEW

Over 101,000 undocumented refugees are estimated to have returned from Pakistan in 2016, and the rate of returns increased significantly in July and the first two weeks of August. Most are returning to Nangarhar, where conflict is ongoing. The undocumented returnees' needs are considered to be high as their status means they are not eligible for assistance, and insecurity hampers access.

27 Aug 2016 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Saturday 8/27/2016 - 03:48 GMT

by Vassilis KYRIAKOULIS

Inside the sleepy canteen of Idomeni, the Greek railway post on the border with Macedonia, the ring of a phone breaks the endless silence.

Stratos, the manager, jots down the order: five portions of okra, three of chicken, four salads, 10 bottles of water.

There is no address. The delivery is made out to the wooded hills nearby -- the home of a ghost community of migrants.

26 Aug 2016 description

Fahima's sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece died when the boat taking them from Turkey to Lesvos capsized. Her nephew's body is still missing, leaving Fahima and her remaining family unable to close this painful chapter of their lives.

There seemed little point in asking Fahima where her missing relatives had been heading when they left for Europe earlier this year, because she already knew that they never made it. All she wanted now was to find the last of their bodies and bring them home to Afghanistan.