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Avant-propos

“La Résolution 46/182 des Nations Unies reste aussi pertinente et fondamentale aujourd’hui qu’en décembre 1991 et les principes d’humanité, de neutralité, indépendance et d’impartialité qu’elle contient continuent de guider une assistance humanitaire stratégique, coordonnée et efficace aux personnes qui en ont besoin”

17 Jan 2017 description

Penal code allows men to claim extenuating circumstances in cases of so-called honour killings.

By Zarghona Salihi

Campaigners are calling for the Afghan government to follow through on promises to change parts of Afghanistan’s penal code that they argue actually serves to legimitise violence against women.

17 Jan 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, 17 January 2017

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

17 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 2,876 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 15 January, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 23,664 through the first 14 days of January, 2016.

There have been 219 estimated deaths, compared with 91 during the first two weeks of 2015. This fatalities figure is considered low by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, which is investigating reports that surfaced over the weekend that would add at least 200 deaths to the total.

17 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Around 7,300 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants seeking were counted in Serbia, of which 5,942 (i.e. 82%) were accommodated in 16 government shelters, many exceeding capacities (see below chart). Some 49% are from Afghanistan, 19% from Iraq, 10% each from Syria and Pakistan, 5% from Iran and 7% from other countries. 46% are children, 39% adult men and 15% adult women.

17 Jan 2017 description

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistan supports an Afghan-led and owned peace and reconciliation process.

General Bajwa made the remarks during a meeting with US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel on Monday at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

"Blame games are detrimental to enduring peace," said Bajwa while referring to rhetoric against Pakistan following recent terrorists attacks in Afghanistan.

16 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Record Civilian Casualties From Taliban, Government Attacks.

16 Jan 2017 description

At least 13 teachers at a religious school have been abducted in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.

Afghan officials say Islamic State (IS) militants took the lecturers hostage at a madrasah in the Haska Mina district on January 15.

"The teachers were busy with exams at the madrasah when [the Islamic State] militants kidnapped 13 of them and took them to an unknown place," Ataullah Khugyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar governor, told RFE/RL.

16 Jan 2017 description

The situation for what according to the Greek Government amounts to 60,000 refugees and migrants, stranded on the Greek mainland and islands, is becoming more desperate as winter hits with rare snowstorms and temperatures below zero.

Tents offer little protection and warmth. On the island of Chios women, men and children stand in freezing temperatures for hours waiting for their food. In warehouses in Thessaloniki people have had to resort to burning whatever they can get their hands on to keep warm.

Band-Aid

16 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • 70% of Afghans live in rural areas, and farming provides up to 33% of total GDP every year.

  • UNDP is helping farmers in the northeast grow better crops and get access to new markets.

  • Takhar pomegranate farmer, Abdul Hai, doubled his crop yield and his income in just one year.

  • Now he and his neighbours are expanding their fields.

16 January 2017, Takhar – Some provinces in Afghanistan are famous for their fruit. In Kandahar, it’s the pomegranates; in Parwan, the grapes.

16 Jan 2017 description

2016 was one of the deadliest years for civilians in Afghanistan since the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began keeping records in 2009. In just the first six months of the year, 5,166 civilians were killed or maimed'.

15 Jan 2017 description

Manama, Jan. 15 (BNA): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will continue delivering all kinds of humanitarian aid to countries and peoples all over the world, following the footsteps of the late Shaikh Zayed Al-Nahyan, whose humanitarian approach has been maintained by the successive leaders, UAE Ambassador to Bahrain, Abdul Ridha Abdulla Al-Khoury said.

15 Jan 2017 description

Geneva (ICRC) – an ICRC staff member who was abducted on 19 December 2016 in Kunduz province, has been released and is now with the ICRC team in Kunduz.

The ICRC would like to thank the authorities and the communities who have mobilized and played a role in facilitating our colleague's release.

The staff member was abducted while travelling from the ICRC office in Kunduz to the Sub-delegation in Mazar-i-Sharif. While three other colleagues were left unharmed, he was taken and held for almost 4 weeks.

15 Jan 2017 description

Afghan officials say at least seven civilians, including a woman and three children, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on January 15.

The villagers were traveling from Pacheer Agam district to a nearby village in Nangarhar Province, district Governor Hijratullah Rahmani told the AFP news agency.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which the Interior Ministry blamed on "enemies of peace and stability," a term Afghan officials use to refer to Taliban militants.

15 Jan 2017 description

BAMYAN - At a UN-backed event in the central province of Bamyan, leading Afghan social media activists affirmed their commitment to highlight the critical importance of ending violence against women.

More than 30 social media professionals representing civil society organizations, women’s rights groups and local media outlets gathered at the event, organized by the regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), to coordinate their social media activism.

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HIGHLIGHTS

• The humanitarian community is seeking US$550 million to provide assistance to 5.7 million of the most vulnerable and marginalised Afghans in 2017.

• EMERGENCY’s new maternity center in Panjshir province will help tackle Afghanistan’s infant and maternal mortality rates, which remain among the highest in the world.