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28 Nov 2015 description
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Wheat is the staple food for most Afghans, comprising more thanpercent of their diet. Low - quality rice is a poor, but sometimes necessary, substitute. All markets represent significant population centers and consumer markets. Kabul, the capital, supplies the central provinces and is a transit point between the north, south, east, and west. Jalalabad supplies the eastern part of the country and acts as a cross - border market with Pakistan. Mazar - e - Sarif supplies northern provinces and, in a good year, the southern provinces as well.

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

27 Nov 2015 description

Today, Afghans constitute the largest group of asylum seekers to Norway. While many young Afghan men cross the Storskog border in Finnmark, women are fleeing inside their homeland, Afghanistan. ”I lost two of my childhood friends in suicide bombings. And one day, when I was going to the gym, a bomb exploded in the street", Farshid says.

He entered Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) meet him on the Greek Island of Chios.

”You cannot feel safe there”, he says referring to his hometown, Kabul.

27 Nov 2015 description

Statistics/ Highlights

  • 2,636 refugees and migrants arrived: 2,413 from fYRo Macedonia and 223 from Bulgaria.

  • 952 departed to Croatia.

  • 2,729 asylum seekers were registered on 26 November, bringing the total to 474,131.

-The number of refugees arriving to Serbia picked up again but stayed manageable even in bad winter weather.

27 Nov 2015 description
report Belgian Red Cross

“Je les vois pendant juste quelques minutes, les examine, les soigne, et ils partent. Mais je me souviendrai de chacun d’entre eux toute ma vie. Leurs histoires, leurs sourires, leurs souvenirs…” témoignait en octobre Maria Louvrou, infirmière de la Croix-Rouge Hellénique.

27 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Two weeks have elapsed since the terrorist attacks in Paris. With the news that at least two of the attackers posed as refugees to enter Europe via Greece, a number of EU countries have taken steps to shore up their borders and restrict entry by asylum seekers, citing both security concerns and capacity problems. Here’s a round-up of which countries have done what:


27 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.

27 Nov 2015 description

Ankara, Turkey | Friday 11/27/2015 - 09:46 GMT

At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported.

A first boat loaded with 55 Syrian and Afghan migrants sank in strong winds and high waves in the Aegean after setting out from near the town of Ayvacik for the Greek island of Lesbos, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Turkish coastguards have so far recovered bodies of four Afghan children, it said.

26 Nov 2015 description
  • The emergency committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) has met for the seventh time and assessed that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). They also expanded the temporary recommendations to outbreaks of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus, due to the importance of stopping all types of poliovirus as we near the finish line of polio eradication. Learn more about cVDPVs.

26 Nov 2015 description

KUNDUZ, 26 November 2015 – Supporting public debate in Kunduz on the best ways to improve service delivery by local government institutions and the city's Provincial Council, two new television and radio programmes kicked off this week. Both series are backed by UNAMA.

In the first televised debate broadcast on Tuesday, guest speakers from the Provincial Council, civil society and government institutions discussed challenges and ways and means to improve service delivery to the people of Kunduz.

26 Nov 2015 description

The 7th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 10 November 2015. The Director General of WHO had noted the concerns expressed by the Emergency Committee in its August 2015 report with respect to circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV). In response, she convened this meeting of the Emergency Committee with broader terms than was previously the case to also look at outbreaks of cVDPV.

26 Nov 2015 description

ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 2015, Pakistan (UNHCR) – Every stroke of Manizha's brush tells a story. Through her art, hundreds of women have been given a voice, a chance to speak out about their harrowing experiences of life under the Taliban.

But each painting reminds Manizha, a 26-year-old Afghan refugee, of her own struggle, which began in 1997 when she and her family were forced to flee Kabul.

26 Nov 2015 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 15:45 GMT

Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences on Greece's border with Macedonia, throwing stones at police, AFP reporters said.

At least five of the migrants managed to get across in the assault as the crowd shouted "Open the border" to the Macedonia police ranged across them.

All five were returned to the Greek side by Macedonian police.

26 Nov 2015 description


26 Nov 2015 description

Flooding risks continue to be elevated in Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to above-normal river levels along the Shabelle and Jubba River basins. Although a reduction of precipitation has been observed in mid-November, additional rains are expected to sustain the risk for flooding in the region.

26 Nov 2015 description

By John Engedal Nissen, IFRC

Zakaria Murady worked until recently in a private, foreign bank in the province of Kunduz in Afghanistan. Soon after the violence broke out in his province, the 25-year-old started to get death threats. "Terrorists were calling me and said they would kill me when they found me. So I decided to flee,” he said.

25 Nov 2015 description


By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, November 25, 2015 — Human error, procedural missteps and technical failures contributed to the attack on a Doctors Without Borders trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, Army Gen. John F. Campbell said in Kabul today.

Speaking via teleconference, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan briefed the press on the results of the U.S. investigation into the incident that left 30 people dead and 37 wounded.

25 Nov 2015 description

For Immediate Release Wednesday, November 25, 2015 +93 (0) 700 113 553 Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan –Afghan government officials, joined by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recognized the importance of women in the agriculture sector during a two-day conference. The purpose of the conference was to explore means to strengthen women’s contributions in each stage of value-added processes – from the farm to market and ultimately to consumer.

25 Nov 2015 description
report Frontier Post

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Wed Nov 25 2015, 2:01 pm

Roof of a house that was slightly damaged by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in eastern Kunar province has collapsed leaving three people killed.

Afghan Red Crescent Society says the incident took place in in Surkano District which also left eight others members of the same family wounded. The victims include women and children.

The earthquake struck Afghanistan in October resulting the deaths and injuries of hundreds of people which also left more than 7,000 houses completely or slightly damaged.