- OCHA Afghanistan Weekly Field Report | 19 to 25 March 2017
- WFP mVAM Afghanistan - Emergency Flash Update #5: Farah Province - Conflict Rapid Assessment
- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 61 | 01 - 28 February 2017
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
The number of internally displaced persons due to conflict was compiled by OCHA sub offices based on reports from partners, including the government. Assessments are ongoing in the field and these numbers are subject to change as more information becomes available.
This week we have been marking International Women's Day with inspiring stories about people who are tackling gender inequality. Here we look at the continuing attacks on girls' education. Around the world there are 121 million children and adolescents who don't go to school.
Girls make up 53% of those out of primary school and 52% of of those out of lower secondary school, even though only 48% of the world’s under-15 population are girls, according to the Global Partnership for Education.
264 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
6,746 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
9,905 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017
53,582 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017
75% of returnees from Pakistan (199 individuals) assisted
3% of returnees from Iran (250 individuals) assisted
Reducing ‘gender’ to ‘women’ is problematic
Countrywide Conflict Displacement
The total number of individuals displaced by conflict in 2016 has risen again slightly from last week to 653,294 as joint teams finalise assessments of those displaced last year.
In 2017 so far, 26,089 individuals have been verified as displaced, with 21 provinces recording some level of forced displacement. The provinces of highest displacement so far are Nangarhar, Kandahar, Faryab, Hilmand and Zabul.
MAZAR - Schoolteachers and local activists from Mazar have held a workshop to find ways to prevent the recruitment of children by armed groups, and encourage awareness of the dangers of landmines.
Thousands of children in Afghanistan are victims of armed conflict, with 923 deaths recorded just in 2016, 108 of those in the northern region, and 2,589 children injured across the country – the highest number since data collection began in 2009.
by Anne Stenersen
An attack this week on a hospital in Kabul was one of the largest acts of violence claimed by the so-called Islamic State within Afghanistan. The group’s emergence in the country has threatened to pull focus from international talks with the Taliban that seek an end to spiraling instability. Yet Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar says that the ISIS-claimed attacks only increase the impetus for negotiating a solution with the Taliban, with the latter group continuing to determine the trajectory of Afghan extremism.
LAGHMAN - In a UN-backed three-day Peace Jirga, community leaders from three districts of Afghanistan’s east said they are committed to working with opposing groups to find peaceful outcomes to the area’s conflicts.
The focus of the Jirga, which drew more than 100 men and 25 women from Laghman and Nuristan, was to bring peace to the area, specifically along the main road from Laghman to Western Nuristan, and to ensure humanitarian assistance and development activities could continue there.
The Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD) has reconnected with the world in a move which will help to improve the country’s hydrometeorological hazard early warning systems.
On 15 February 2017 meteorological department observers uploaded surface synoptic observation data to the WMO Global Telecommunications System (GTS), making Afghanistan’s data visible and accessible to the international community for the first time in 30 years. This will enable the Afghanistan Meteorological Department to upload in-situ meteorological data to the GTS on a regular basis.
7896TH MEETING (AM)
Pakistan Rejects ‘Baseless’ Claim of Using Terrorist ‘Foreign Policy Accessory’ in ‘Undeclared’ War on Kabul
Condemning the recent surge in “abhorrent” terrorist attacks across Afghanistan — including one that killed 30 people at a Kabul military hospital on 8 March — speakers in the Security Council today urged that country’s international partners to deepen their cooperation, target terrorist sanctuaries and help to build up the capacity of the National Unity Government.
by Els Debuf
A suicide bomb killed at least 20 in Kabul earlier this month, just as the United Nations reported a marked rise in the number of children dying in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict during 2016.
Mark Bowden, the United Nations humanitarian aid coordinator in the country, said the level of civilian casualties in Afghanistan was unlike anywhere else in the world outside Syria.
Afghanistan - During the first week of March 2017, IOM delivered shelter and winter supplies to 1,112 vulnerable Afghan families who returned to Nangarhar province from Pakistan.
Since the beginning of 2016, nearly 260,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Pakistan. Over 70 percent of them have settled in Nangarhar province, both in the provincial capital Jalalabad and in rural districts.
By Mitra Jalali, former Community Engagement Officer/Protection Focal Point, Oxfam in Greece
In response to the heavy winter conditions in Epirus, Greece, Oxfam, with funding from the EU, helped move over 300 people from inadequate sites to dignified accommodation, including hotels, with the support of the Greek Government and the funding of the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. Sadia was among them.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Matthew Rycroft (United Kingdom):
By Ayaz Gul
Pakistan is defying calls for permanently opening the border with landlocked Afghanistan, asserting that terrorist attacks emanating from the neighboring country continue to hurt Pakistani citizens and security forces.
A string of deadly suicide bombings across Pakistan last month prompted authorities to close all regular crossings for movements of people and trade convoys across the largely porous frontier spanning roughly 2,600 kilometers.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Close to 7,800 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (or 6,613) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan has announced a contribution of USD 7 million to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Afghan Refugees and host communities in Pakistan.
The official announcement was made by the Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and the Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai during a press event held in Islamabad.
The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2274 (2016), in which I was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.