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More than 120,000 Afghan refugees home this year: UN

KABUL, June 1, 2008 (AFP) - More than 120,000 refugees have returned to Afghanistan this year with UN help, the world body's refugee agency said Sunday, warning the country had limited capacity to take people back.

Ninety-nine percent of the 123,244 returnees had arrived from Pakistan and most of the remainder from Iran, UNHCR public information officer Mohammad Nadir Farhad said in a statement.

Most of the returning families had gone back to where they had originally come from, he said.

But several temporary settlements had

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Afghanistan: IDPs in Helmand need urgent aid

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LASHKARGAH, 1 June 2008 (IRIN) - Thousands of Afghans who fled their homes in the Garmser district of southern Helmand province in late April because of fighting between the US military and Taliban insurgents have yet to receive any form of aid, provincial officials said.

Ahmad Shah, 43, a displaced person (IDP) from Garmser, standing under the scorching sun with others outside the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) office in Lashkargah, said: "Now my family and I live almost 10km from Lashkargah city. I have made a shelter from blanket pieces to live under in an open area."

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WFP's operational requirements, shortfalls and priorities for 2008


Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2008 Programme of Work

As the second semester of 2008 begins, the World Food Programme continues to focus its attention on the more than 81 million beneficiaries requiring food assistance. The total cost of 2008 activities is just over US$4.78 billion. Considering carry-over stocks and resources mobilized so far in 2008, and considering US$1 billion for prepositioning of food stocks for 2009, the total shortfall at this time of the year is US$2.71 billion.

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Afghanistan seeks to revive farming sector

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KABUL (Agencies): Afghanistan will ask international donors next month for $4 billion to revive its agricultural sector, but it could be a hard sell with another massive crop of opium expected this year. Despite the sharply rising price of grain, foreign-funded efforts to promote legal alternatives to the narcotic have largely failed. Farmers still make much more from growing poppy, the raw material for heroin, which flourishes amid Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency and rampant lawlessness. Half of the country's production comes from Helmand province, a stronghold
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Afghanistan: ISAF troops of Regional Command Capital support education in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF troops celebrated the opening of two new school buildings last week. The Italian contingent, operating in Kabul, inaugurated a new building May 27 in the "Alam Faizad" high school for 1,000 students.

The new building is composed of 10 classrooms plus an internet room with 20 personal computers. The structure, worth about $220,000 was funded by Bolzano province.

Shortly before, French Troops of Regional Command Capital inaugurated another school in Qual He Ye Nirza, a small village north from Kabul. The $80,000 facility will provide education for

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Factbox - Security developments in Afghanistan, 31 May 2008

May 31 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1500 GMT on Saturday:

NANGARHAR - A suicide car bomber killed one foreign soldier and wounded six other people, including three civilians, in the city of Jalalabad in the eastern province of Nangarhar, the provincial governor said.

ZABUL - The governor of Qalat District in Zabul Province was shot dead with his bodyguard at his house by unknown gunmen on Friday night, the provincial police chief told Reuters.

WARDAK - A senior member of the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) was kidnapped along with three

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Humanitarian Update: Regional Office for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, May 2008

Highlights

On 23 May, Saudi Arabia announced an extraordinary US$500 million donation to WFP, enabling the UN agency to meet its call for US$755 million to compensate for the increased costs of food and fuel. WFP's Executive Director, Ms Josette Sheeran, said the money will not only offset food and fuel costs, but will secure much-needed food for programmes throughout Africa and other parts of the world.

The increase of high food prices continues to impact the work of humanitarian organizations across the region, however,

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Afghanistan: Operational information monthly summary report - May 2008

Statistical Overview of Returned Afghan Refugees from Pakistan, Iran and None Neighboring Countries, IDPs Caseload and Movements and Reintegration Activities
02 Mar 2002 - 31 May 2008

Contents of this Report

All the information in this report refers to Afghan refugees all over the glob; assisted Return Refugees received assistance from UNHCR since beginning of 2002 till end of Mar 2008. In addition to assisted returnees, information on Spontaneous and Forcible returnees as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Caseload and Movement