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06 Mar 2017 description

Targeted Attacks on Medical Facilities and Staff in Afghanistan Lead to Death and Disease Among Children

New Report Calls for Afghan Government Forces to be Cited as Responsible for Attacks for First Time

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06 Mar 2017 description

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close collaboration with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education (MoE) announced today the official launch of Afghan Children Read (ACR), a five year project in Early Grade Reading (EGR) for primary grades 1 to 3.

06 Mar 2017 description
  • As of 28 February, United Nations Coordinated Appeals and Refugee Response Plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require $22.6 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 95.3 million crisis-affected people in 33 countries. Needs and financial requirements have increased due to finalization of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requesting around $2.1 billion and together the appeals are funded at $1.6 billion, leaving a shortfall of $21.0 billion.

06 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • 34 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
  • 2,411 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
  • 9,641 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017
  • 46,836 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017
  • 29% of returnees from Pakistan (10 individuals) assisted
  • 3% of returnees from Iran (62 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

06 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In 2015, Afghanistan launched its first-ever nationwide effort to gather comprehensive demographic and health information of its citizens. The Demographic and Health Survey results provide new base-line data on key population and health indicators, such as fertility levels, marriage rates, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and young children, childhood and maternal health and mortality, as well as information on social indicators such as domestic violence.

04 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants accomodated in asylum, reception or transit centres grew from 5,800 to over 6,400.

  • With the opening of another two new reception facilities – Divljana (Bela Palanka) Reception Centre in the southeast of the country on 4 January and Obrenovac Transit Centre near Belgrade on 17 January – the number of available government centres rose to 17.

04 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The First Meeting of South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children

KATHMANDU - Friday, March 3 2017: UNICEF South Asia, in coordination with the Parliament of Nepal, organized the first South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children in Kathmandu on March 2. The meeting is taking place for two days.

03 Mar 2017 description

At the age of 10, Alidad Shiri set off alone for Europe. Fifteen years later, he is about to graduate with a degree in philosophy from the University of Trento.

By: Barbara Molinario | 3 March 2017

BOLZANO, Italy – Afghan refugee Alidad Shiri was just a boy of 10 when he set off alone on a four-year odyssey to Europe. Now aged 25, he is about to graduate with a degree in philosophy from the University of Trento.

03 Mar 2017 description

16,927 arrivals by sea in 2017

487 dead/missing

published 09:00 CET 28 February

363,401 arrivals in 2016

03 Mar 2017 description

Both large moisture surpluses and deficits continue to significantly impact different parts of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, an increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits, degraded ground conditions, and poor crop prospects across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

03 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12738

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Matthew Rycroft (United Kingdom):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that occurred on 1 March 2017 in two areas of Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in at least 15 people dead and dozens injured, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.

03 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,650. 6,577 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 government facilities. The rest were sleeping rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

02 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

Story Highlights

  • A village girls’ school in Daykundi Province is raising the quality of education through grants from EQUIP and its own school improvement projects inspired by the program

  • Students are more enthusiastic about learning after the school acquired appropriate teaching facilities and materials with help from EQUIP

  • EQUIP has built schools, awarded grants for enhancing education quality, and engaged communities through school management councils in all of the province’s districts

02 Mar 2017 description

Activists warn of flourishing trade in male prostitution and “bacha bazi” or boy play.

By Qayum Babak

The majestic blue-tiled Hazrat e-Ali mosque complex in the centre of Mazar e-Sharif serves as a recreational space as well as a place of worship for many of the city’s residents.

But Ahmad Javed, (not his real name), lounging on a chair near the public toilets, was there for business.

The 15-year-old was waiting for customers looking for sex at the shrine, revered as the burial place of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.

02 Mar 2017 description

QUETTA: The UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) country Representative in Pakistan, Indrika Ratwatte together with the Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), Lt. General (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch is on a three-day mission in Quetta, where they inaugurated a Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Wednesday.

02 Mar 2017 description

Over 2016, more than 600,000 people were newly displaced in Afghanistan; half of whom were boys and girls. More than 50 per cent of these displaced children and youth are estimated to be out-of-school. Education must now be acknowledged as a humanitarian priority in Afghanistan that warrants a coordinated and well-resourced response.

Education in Emergencies

02 Mar 2017 description

Internships help launch engineering careers

“One of the most important benefits of this program for me is to be treated as an equal, not only by my mentor, but by all the other colleagues.”

February 2017—A 200-bed women’s dormitory is being constructed at the University of Afghanistan to provide a safe home to women studying in Kabul. But there’s more to the story of how the country’s women are benefiting from the project.

02 Mar 2017 description
report UN News Service

2 March 2017 – Strongly condemning yesterday's terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the United Nations Security Council underscored the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of such “reprehensible” acts to justice.

At least 15 people were killed and dozens more injured in attacks in two areas of the capital. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incidents.