- 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 Refugee Outreach Volunteer programme, initiated in April 2016, complements and extends existing UNHCR coverage to refugees in 47 provinces through its presence and its partners (127 community centres/partner offices/outreach teams).
26-27 November 2016
Meeting on Access to Legal Assistance and Legal Aid by Refugees in Turkey was organized in cooperation with the Union of Turkish Bar Associations
Turkish lawyers from different Bar Associations throughout the country attended UNHCR capacity building workshops in 2015-16.
Continues to rank as the most queried topic after an evaluation conducted by the Legal Clinic
Access to Food: Most of the refugee households in Gurbuz, Matun, Nadir Shah Kot, Tani and Tere Zayi districts of Khost, and Sarobi district of Paktika province, are relying on purchase to buy food, while only some HHs are using coping strategies, such as relying on less expensive foods. The majority of refugee HHs in Mando Zayi district of Khost, and Urgun district of Paktika province, are relying on food assistance, with a limited number relying on purchase to access food.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
The total number of undocumented returnees who have arrived in Afghanistan from Pakistan so far in 2017 has now risen to 9,607, exceeding the total figure which returned in the first quarter of 2016 (9,335). From 19 to 25 February, IOM reported 321 undocumented Afghans were deported from Pakistan. Numbers of undocumented returns and deportees have dramatically decreased in the last week following the closure of the Torkham and Spin Boldak borders on 16 February as a result of cross-border shelling.
Over 30,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since the beginning of 2017. This is half of the UNHCR’s influx prediction for the whole of 2017. This is likely a result of both famine affecting Unity state in South Sudan, and renewed fighting between government and opposition forces in Upper Nile, which resulted in high levels of displacement, notably towards Sudan. This is likely to further strain resources in the southern states of Sudan, most of which are conflict-affected areas and have limited access to aid.
33 affected provinces
6,752 reported affected families
348 houses completely destroyed
1,263 houses severely damaged
174 houses partially damaged
194 individual deaths
90 individuals injured
2,010 affected families verified following assessments
1,076 families assisted
321 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
2,578 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
9,607 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017
44,425 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017
8% of returnees from Pakistan (26 individuals) assisted
11% of returnees from Iran (285 individuals) assisted
Returns from Pakistan
In 2016, the Surge Capacity Section (SCS) managed 144 deployments to 32 countries.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Over 7,700 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,614) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
Poorer countries host most of the forcibly displaced – report
According to a new UNHCR study, most of the 3.2 million who were driven from their homes in the first half of 2016 found shelter in low or middle income countries.
GENEVA – Conflict, persecution and violence newly uprooted at least 3.2 million people in the first half of last year, and low- and middle-income countries played the greatest role in sheltering the world’s displaced, a new report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has found.
Refugees and migrants face heightened risks while trying to reach Europe – UNHCR report
In a new report, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, details the impact of the increased border restrictions introduced in 2016 on refugee and migrant movements towards and inside Europe. It shows that people continued to move but undertook more diversified and dangerous journeys, often relying on smugglers because of the lack of accessible legal ways to Europe.
A lack of security in districts means that boys and girls can simply not learn.
Civil society activists are warning that the state school system in the southern province of Kandahar is in chaos, with some 50,000 children completely deprived of access to education.
Mohibulah Qadiri, director of Kandahar’s education department, told IWPR, “Kandahar has 573 schools and 420 of these schools are currently active. But the remaining 153 are not functioning.”
JALALABAD - In a regional conference on women’s participation in peace and sustainable development, women activists, government officials and diplomats stressed that women must play a unique and robust role in building peace in Afghanistan.
The daylong event, held in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, was organized by the provincial administration of Nangarhar in collaboration with the regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Departments of Women’s Affairs in three eastern provinces.
A. Summary of the current situation
As of 8 February 2017, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe, including more than 9,000 to Italy. This is an increase for Italy of almost one third against the same period in 2016.
Impoverished parents and organised gangs routinely exploit children for profit.
By Ozra Aziz
Farishta lay on the ground by a busy road junction in the centre of Herat city, begging alongside two boys the 40-year-old said were her grandsons.
The young children, dressed in flimsy clothes despite the wintry weather, seemed drowsy and unable to feel the cold.
“I give them sleeping pills every morning,” Farishta told IWPR. She said that she used to beg on the streets alone, but only managed to earn a pittance.
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) remains one of the challenging development and humanitarian issues in Afghanistan. Limited access to WASH means a significant burden of poor health, nutrition, education and protection for children and women. The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) envisaged a need for reaching 1.02 million people with WASH response in 2016. The Cluster partners have successfully reached more than 898,909 people during the January to end of December 2016.
From 1 January 2017 to 20 February 2017, 22,067 individuals fled their homes due to conflict. A total of 18 out of 34 provinces had recorded some level of forced displacement. 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.
“Two students were tragically and needlessly killed in Laghman Province, and seven others and a teacher injured, when a mortar round struck their school. We cannot let children and schools continue to become victims of this escalating conflict,” said NRC Country Director in Afghanistan, Kate O'Rourke. “Education is increasingly becoming a casualty of the conflict.”
Around 10am Saturday 25 Feb, a mortar round struck a state-run classroom in the Shaheed Mawlawi Habib Rahman High School in the Besram area of Alingar District, in the Eastern province of Laghman.