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20 Dec 2014 description

NEW YORK, 19 December 2014 – The number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan this year is the highest ever recorded by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said its head, Nicholas Haysom, at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York today.

Mr. Haysom, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, highlighted the devastating impact of the conflict on Afghan civilians.

19 Dec 2014 description

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

19 Dec 2014 description

When military operations began in North Waziristan in June this year, Noor Ayaz knew that he and his family had to leave their home in Pakistan for their own safety.

“There were thirteen of us, including children,” he said. “It took two days to come to Afghanistan ”.

19 Dec 2014 description

Taleban footsoldiers are typically the least educated members of society, Farah residents say.

Farah province in western Afghanistan is the kind of place that provides the Taleban with plenty of recruits, according to speakers at a recent discussion event. The reason, they said, was because so few people have had proper schooling.

The provincial education department in Farah says only 18 per cent of a population of around 700,000 can read and write.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

UNMAS and the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) are in a paradoxical situation. Successful and increasingly efficient over the past six years, the MAPA is now in a delicate position to negotiate the years to come, as it struggles to secure the yearly funding it needs to allow Afghanistan to fulfil its treaty obligations.

18 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

Finding a job in Afghanistan is tough, and for young women even tougher. But with well-designed skills training and shifting attitudes, that may be changing.

18 Dec 2014 description

Military operations (ongoing since June 2014) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan have led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. As of 15 December 2014, 38,916 displaced families have been assessed.
Response has been ongoing since 18 June 2014

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

18 Dec 2014 description

By RFE/RL's Turkmen Service

Villagers in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province claim Turkmenistan is stealing their agricultural land and are threatening to attack Turkmen border guards.

Muhammad Sahi Yhsan, the chief of the Qarqeen District told RFE/RL on December 17, villagers came to him to complain about Turkmen border guards setting up posts that according to the villagers, are some 30 to 35 kilometers deep into Afghan territory.

18 Dec 2014 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015

17 Dec 2014 description

12/17/2014 - 09:02 GMT

Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least six people as the country endures a rise in violence while US-led NATO troops pull out.

The attackers forced their way inside after the bomb exploded at the entrance of the Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the insurgency-racked province of Helmand.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Times of India

Bharti Jain,TNN | Dec 16, 2014, 10.07 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh seeking refuge in India will be granted a five-year long term visa (LTV) instead of a one-year visa, based on recommendation of the state government or UT administration. Besides, powers have been delegated to the FRRO/FRO to extend a short-term visa for this category of foreign nationals for a period of six months.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

16 Dec 2014 description

BAAG organised and hosted the half-day Ayenda Conference on 3rd December 2015. This was the offical civil society associate event of the London Conference on Afghanistan. This report provides a brief summary of the event - its structure, attendees, content and feedback. A full report is being drafted, which is expected to be published in February 2015.

15 Dec 2014 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN) - When Shaharzad completed her law degree and announced she wanted to get a job, her younger brother did what he could to stop it. Coming from the culturally conservative Badakhshan region, the siblings had left their parents behind to move to the capital Kabul and her brother was technically the head of the household. Even still, she was determined to stand on her own feet.