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MSF Provides Humanitarian Aid for North Waziristan Refugees

Tens of thousands of people fleeing major military operations in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have crossed the border into Afghanistan over the past months, seeking refuge in Khost, Paktia, and Paktika provinces. In response, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are providing medical and humanitarian aid in Gulan refugee camp, Khost province.

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Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

What armed groups like Al-Shabaab and the Taliban think of aid agencies can mean the difference between gaining access to areas under their control to provide aid people in need – or being expelled from their territory.

Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.

Key messages:

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Polio this week as of 31 July 2014

  • In Pakistan, three new cases have been reported, including one from Balochistan. It is the first case in this province since October 2012. However, four positive environmental samples were collected in 2014 from Quetta, Balochistan, the most recent of which on 20 June. This case is linked to these positive environmental samples, suggesting local circulation of WPV1 this year in this area.

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UNAMA welcomes IEC’s adoption of criteria for invalidation and recount in audit process

KABUL, 30 July 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) decision to adopt criteria for the invalidation and recount of ballots as part of the ongoing comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on 14 June.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 25 July 2014)

Recent security situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan has led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost province in Afghanistan. As of 15 July, 12,340 of the original estimate of 13,0001 displaced families had been assessed. From 16 to 25 July an additional 3,028 families were assessed and reported by UNHCR.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

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Oxfam

Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Displaced Pakistani families find warm welcome in neighbouring Afghanistan

GULAN CAMP, Afghanistan, July 28 (UNHCR) – She walked for three days and three nights. Her daughters-in-law have boils and calluses on their feet from the long trek and are relieved to be treated in the camp clinic. Gul lifts her salwar – loose pleated trousers – to show a scar forming on her heel and says, "at least I am alive. My children and grandchildren are alive and we are safe."

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Afghanistan: If you educate a woman, you teach the whole family

28-07-2014 Feature

Many women in Afghanistan’s southern heartland are bound by centuries-old traditions that determine, what they wear and their freedom of movement outside the home. When they step outside, for example, women must be veiled, and they should be accompanied by a male guardian at all times.

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Renovation work of component workshop launched

SCA started the renovation work of the Jalalabad component workshop, which was damaged due to earthquake last year. The Post Code Lottery is funding the project and the renovation work will be completed within two months with a budget of 840, 000 AFS.

Last year the component workshop was cracked due to the earthquake in April. SCA RAD Programme is producing wheelchairs and other supportive devices for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

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Afghan vote audit suspended for several days over disagreements: IEC

KABUL, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan's election commission on Saturday suspended the auditing process of 8.1 million votes cast in the presidential run-off poll on June 14, after the two candidates failed to reach agreement on the procedure for invalidating votes.

"The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has decided to suspend temporarily the vote audit until the fourth day of Eid, and we hope it is enough time for the candidates to sort out their differences," the IEC chairman Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani told a press conference Saturday.

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UNAMA condemns killing of civilians in Ghor province

KABUL, 26 July 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns in the strongest terms yesterday’s killing of civilians in the western province of Ghor, in which at least 15 persons were killed, including three women.

Yesterday, in the early morning, two unrelated buses transporting civilians were stopped by armed men. Passengers of the first vehicle were ordered to step out – most were then lined up and shot. Minutes later, a second vehicle was also searched, and two civilian passengers allegedly shot dead. The remaining passengers were released.

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Presidential candidates support IEC adopting UN proposal

KABUL, 26 July 2014 – Afghanistan’s two Presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani, have indicated to the United Nations that they support the Independent Election Commission (IEC) adopting the UN proposal for a regulatory decision covering criteria for recounts and invalidations of ballots as part of the ongoing comprehensive audit of the country’s Presidential election run-off.

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Radio programme a beacon of hope for Afghans searching for lost relatives

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Guardian

In Search of the Missing tries to track down some of the 1 million people who have disappeared during three decades of war

The men and women have little in common, except they all seem to have vanished into thin air. Some disappeared in the middle of a Taliban attack. Some fled Afghanistan and were never heard from again. Some went missing weeks ago; others have been gone more than two decades. But twice a week, tearful relatives call out to them on a radio show that has come to serve as a disturbing window into modern Afghanistan: In Search of the Missing.