- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 48, 1–31 Jan 2016
- Human Rights Watch: Afghanistan: Events of 2015
- OCHA Badakhshan Earthquake Flash Update No. 1 - 27 Dec 2015
Appeals & Funding
- 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2015 PDF XLS
ACF provides humanitarian lifeline during the Ghor winter.
A family story of life in the Kabul Informal Settlements.
Humanitarian community appeals for US$393 million, the absolute minimum to save lives in 2016.
Getting mines out of the ground in Afghanistan.
Surviving the Ghor winter: an ACF lifeline
In 2015, over 335,000 people have fled their homes due to conflict - 78% increase on 2014. Thirty of thirty four provinces had recorded some level of forced displacement in 2015. Constrained humanitarian access hinders assessments, thus preventing verification of the full extent of displacement and undermining the provision of assistance and services. Displacement affects all individuals differently with needs, vulnerabilities and protection risks evolving over time due to exhaustion of coping mechanisms and only basic emergency assistance provided following initial displacement.
Currently, the humanitarian response plans and appeals for 2016 are seeking over $19.8 billion to meet the needs of 89.4 million people across 37 countries. The figures may increase in the course of 2016. As of 29 January, $50 million has been received for the appeals.
In January 2015, the UN-coordinated inter-agency appeals required $16.4 billion to meet the needs of 57.5 million people across 22 countries.
The year ended with requirements at $19.9 billion, an increase of $3.5 billion, to meet the needs of 82 million people in 38 countries.
(Kabul, 27 January 2016): The humanitarian community in Afghanistan is seeking US$393 million to meet, through collective and coordinated action in 2016, the acute life-saving needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized Afghans. Support related to food as well as access to health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation will reach an estimated 3.5 million people under the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Afghanistan. “I look back with admiration on the tireless efforts that the humanitarian community have made in 2015.
The Afghanistan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has been established in early 2014 as a tool for the humanitarian community under the oversight of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and management by OCHA's Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU). The Fund operates within the parameters of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), aiming to provide anticipated and timely funding towards jointly prioritised needs and critical gaps in the humanitarian response in Afghanistan.
The winter has been relatively mild to date. Average daily temperatures have been typically warmer than the seasonal average, except for areas of higher elevation in the central highlands and Hindu Kush that have experienced colder temperatures. The seasonal forecast for January to March predicts the warmer conditions to continue.
• Military airstrikes forced female-headed family to flee Pakistan.
• Family found shelter on the property of a compassionate neighbour.
• Following registration as refugees, CARE and UNHCR provided essential items.
• With materials supplied by CARE and the acquisition of new weaving skills, single mother now earns an income to support her five children.
CARE helps female-headed refugee families
Evolution of the crisis
Increasing breadths of the country are getting drawn into conflict. 2016 is likely to see continued or increased contest for control between NSAGs and Government security forces leading to more people needing humanitarian and protection assistance.
As of 30 December, the funding gap of the 2015 UN-coordinated inter-agency appeals is US$9.6 billion which means that 48 per cent of the required funds remain unmet.
During December, newly reported contributions to FTS totalled $736 million for humanitarian response: for response plans specifically, $81.7 million for Iraq, $80.6 million for Yemen, and $41.4 million for Niger. As reported to FTS by 30 December, over $1.7 billion of humanitarian funding remain in outstanding pledges (of which $404 million is allocated for the coordinated response plans).
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in Afghanistan on 25 December at 23:44 (UTC+04:30) local time. The epicenter was in Zebak district, Badakhshan province in the North East Region, at a depth of 203.4 km. Approximately 793,404 people live within 100km of the epicenter. The impact was felt across the North and East of Afghanistan, as well as in Kabul, and as far as Pakistan and India. The North Eastern and Eastern Regions of Afghanistan were most affected, with Badakhshan being the worst affected province. The earthquake’s impact is considered moderate.
On 25 December 2015, at 23:44 local time a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The earthquake epicenter is in Zebak district, Badakhshan province. The epicenter location is 36.515N 71.135E. The earthquake depth is 203 km. Earthquake distances: 40 WSW of Eshkashem (Zebak) district, Badakhshan province; 47 km SE of Jorm district, Badakhshan province; 83 km SE of Fayzabad city, Badakhshan province; 283 km NE of Kabul city, Afghanistan.
Affected provinces and districts