- IRIN: Aid agencies withdraw from Afghanistan’s north, 5 Oct 2015
- Kunduz trauma hospital bombing: Latest death toll and statement from MSF, 4 Oct 2015
- OCHA: Kunduz Situation, Humanitarian Situation Report 3 (as of 03 Oct 2015)
Appeals & Funding
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- Afghanistan 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan: Mid-Year Review of Financing, Achievements and Response Challenges
- 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- UNHCR Refugee Response in Afghanistan - Updated requirements, Jan-Dec 2015
MSF Hospital Attack Demands Compensation, Independent Investigation
Villages must not be treated as if they are all the same in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions that seek to bring changes in the ways they organise their affairs; this study proposes a method for clustering villages with similar characteristics.
Greater attention needs to be given to the processes by which newly introduced organisational structures are incorporated into older customary arrangements.
GENEVA, Oct 6 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today appealed to the international community to refocus its attention on Afghanistan, warning that it would be dangerous to ignore the country, and praised Iran and Pakistan for hosting so many Afghan refugees.
WHO has an essential role to play in supporting Member States to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences. An Emergency Response Framework (ERF) was developed to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities in this regard and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies. Ultimately, the ERF requires WHO to act with urgency and predictability to best serve and be accountable to populations affected by emergencies. ERF describes WHO’s internal grading process for emergencies.
WHO is assisting the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to coordinate and get needed medical supplies & equipment to the Kunduz Regional Hospital. WHO, ICRC, UNFPA and UNICEF are all assisting with supplies.
Statement by MSF International President, Dr Joanne Liu - Geneva, 6 October 2015
For four years, the MSF trauma centre in Kunduz was the only facility of its kind in northeastern Afghanistan, offering essential medical and surgical care. On Saturday 3 October this came to an end when the hospital was deliberately bombed. Twelve MSF staff and 10 patients, including three children, were killed, and 37 people were injured, including 19 members of the MSF team. The attack was unacceptable.
Afghanistan: The humanitarian situation in Kunduz is deteriorating as fighting for control of the city continues. Aid organisations have withdrawn, after a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital was bombed in an airstrike, killing 22 and injuring 37.
Burundi: At least eight civilians were killed in Bujumbura over the weekend as political violence persists, and people continue to flee. Some 128,000 people are reliant on food assistance: in some of the areas affected by insecurity, food prices are up to 95% higher than average.
In October, the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, from the women, peace and security agenda, to the fight against terrorism, to humanitarian crises around the world, the Permanent Representative of Spain said today at a Headquarters press conference. Among his country’s priorities for October were also the Council’s methods of work and the situation in the Middle East.
Jens Laerke, for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that many had condemned the lethal bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, in North East Afghanistan, including the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, in a statement issued on 3 October.
Central African Republic
26 September 2015: A local staff member of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was shot dead. No further information available.
27-29September 2015:Several humanitarian offices and staff residences were looted amidst the violence that followed the murder of a Muslim man on 26 September in the capital Bangui. ReliefWeb.
The Ministry of Public Health supports the calls for a thorough, impartial investigation by an independent enquiry team into the attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz.
On Saturday 3 October 2015 the MSF Trauma centre in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing by coalition forces, and was very badly damaged.
Twelve staff members and at least 10 patients, including three children, were killed; 37 people were injured including 19 staff members.
US government admits their airstrike hit hospital
The average number of sea arrivals to Greece decreased and reached a low of 1,630 on 1 October due to the worsening weather conditions. Six shipwrecks took place off the coasts of Kos and Lesvos on 25 and 30 September, taking the lives of 2 persons. While some improvements in registration and reception were reported in Greece, the registration process continues to vary from island to island and accommodation still falls short of the needs.
The UN has strongly condemned the airstrike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, which has left at least 22 people dead.
The facility was the only hospital in the war-torn city, where Taliban fighters are grappling for control with Afghan government forces, backed by coalition air-power.
• In Kunduz City water and electricity is cut off in many places, with shops closed and where open, prices are 3-5 times higher.
• Fighting continues in several parts of Kunduz City, with control rapidly changing sides.
• Identifying and responding to the IDPs fleeing Kunduz is a priority, particularly in Takhar province where numbers are reportedly highest.
• Estimates are of 8,500 families are displaced in the North East; the assessment process has started.
KABUL, 5 October 2015 – The UN’s top official in Afghanistan, speaking to representatives from a Kabul university, stressed the need for women to participate in peace talks.
Women should influence the agenda and participate in talks, said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, noting that the “best people for defending the position of women are women.”
The UN envoy made his comments during a Global Open Days discussion with students and faculty from the American University of Afghanistan.
GENEVA, Oct 5 (UNHCR) – The global refugee crisis is so great that the UN refugee agency and other agencies are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.
That was the bleak message of UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres, speaking to UNHCR's Executive Committee today.
ISLAMABAD, Sept 30, Pakistan (UNHCR) – Life tests student Abdul Khalil, a 30-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, to the limits. Each day, he works between 18 to 19 hours.
He starts at 8:00 a.m. from the university where he studies and finishes at a flooring sheet factory at 3:00 a.m. where he works.
Khalil's family fled their native Kunduz in Afghanistan in 1986 when he was aged one and took refuge in Pakistan's Balochistan provinces. The family later shifted to the provincial capital Quetta after spending three years in a refugee camp.