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Afghanistan: Samangan Earthquake SitRep #6

This report was issued by OCHA Kabul. It covers the period from 25 April to 29 April 2010


- Shelter for 3,000 families remains the most urgent need.

- Daily aftershocks continue to further destroy damaged homes and people fear returning to their homes.

- Cold weather continues to cause problems for families affected by the earthquake, with increasing risks of hypothermia for people sleeping outdoors.

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NATO checks report of Afghan civilian deaths

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 1 (Reuters) - NATO said on Saturday it was investigating whether shots fired by its troops in southern Afghanistan had killed two women and a child traveling in car.

A spokesman for the governor of Zabul province said the passengers were shot on Friday while driving toward a roadblock where a combined group of NATO and Afghan troops were trying to disable a roadside bomb.

The NATO alliance said it was aware of a similar incident, but that its preliminary reporting showed only warning

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Afghanistan and Indian Cricketers Bowl Out Polio Together in ICC World Twenty20 Tournament

RODNEY BAY, St. Lucia, 1 May 2010 - Indian and Afghanistan cricketers go head-to-head for the first time ever 1 May in the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 Tournament. But off the field, the teams are putting their bats aside to join forces to "Bowl Out Polio" in India and Afghanistan - two of only four countries remaining in the world battling the transmission of this crippling virus.

Indian Batsman Suresh Raina and Afghan Captain Nowroz Mangal exchanged "Bowl Out Polio" cricket bats

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Humanitarian Infograms Afghanistan: January - March 2010

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Afghanistan: Agriculture Development Team Begins Work in Zabul

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan


Feature News Release

By Lt. Col. Keith Moore Public Affairs Officer,

Agriculture Development Team

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 30) - ISAF forces in Zabul Province gained a new tool in the agricultural redevelopment process this month as the Zabul Agriculture Development Team (ADT) started operations.

The ADT, made up of approximately 60 members of the Arkansas National Guard, arrived in the provincial capital earlier this month and has been establishing relationships with governmental

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Afghanistan + 20 others
Global Polio Eradication Initiative Monthly Situation Report - April 2010

Polio outbreak in Tajikistan: Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been detected in Tajikistan, representing the first importation of poliovirus in the WHO European Region since it was certified polio-free in 2002. The virus is most closely related to viruses originating in Uttar Pradesh, India. 199 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) have been reported, the majority of these having had onset of paralysis in April. To date, WPV1 had been isolated in 32 of these cases. This outbreak underscores the danger that spread from WPV transmission anywhere in the world continues
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Afghanistan Economic Update - April 2010

World Bank

- It is impossible to discuss the economy of Afghanistan without giving equal considering to the perilous security and political situation that overshadows all activity in the country. A protracted presidential electoral process culminated in the inauguration of President Karzai on December 19, 2009. The parliament has rejected many of the President's cabinet nominees, leaving 11 posts still vacant at the time of this writing. Given the short lead time and outstanding issues about the process of validation of election results, parliamentary elections

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USAID FrontLines - April 2010


Front Page

Developing Countries Respond to Climate Change

For two decades, a fierce battle raged in the media and public square pitting environmentalists against industry leaders as the world struggled to understand and react to the changing climate. Today, overwhelming scientific evidence has led to a consensus among scientists that climate change is real, is caused by human activities, and demands immediate action.

$9.9 Billion Promised for Haiti

A coalition of more than 150 countries, NGOs, and Haitian diaspora groups said they will contribute $5.3 billion

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Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan Newsletter: April 2010

MAPA Celebrates International Mine Action Day

International Mine Action day is marked globally on April 4th. This year MAPA celebrated with a series of events leading up to the day. On 3rd April an Open Day was hosted by implementing partner OMAR. UN special representative of the Secretary General in Afghanistan joined the ambassadors of the USA and Canada in giving speeches and committing to support Mine Action. All attendees had the opportunity to visit the landmine museum as well as meet many implementing partners who set up displays

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USAID Afghanistan - Program Highlights April 16 - 30, 2010


Afghanistan International Marble Conference Connects Producers and Investors: From April 12-16, USAID and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) hosted the second Afghanistan International Marble Conference in Hirat. The fair brought together more than 300 sector stakeholders to highlight the country's wealth of marble, address industry challenges, and learn about new techniques and equipment. Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani, Governor of Hirat Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, and U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry delivered remarks at the conference launch.

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Japan's assistance in Afghanistan: Achievements

Japan's Assistance to Afghanistan : Achievements and Major Outputs

- Political Support

5 conferences in Tokyo

?Tokyo Conference (2002.1) (Start of reconstruction process)

?DDR conference (2003.2)

?DIAG conference ? (2006.7)

?DIAG conference ? (2007.6)

?JCMB meeting (2008.2)

- Support for counterterrorism Maritime Interdiction activities

?Replenishment support to vessels engaged in the counter-terrorism Maritime Interdiction activities in the Indian Ocean

-120 Japanese civilians based in Afghanistan

(1) Japanese Embassy

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Pakistan and Afghanistan, April 2010


This summary document provides information about Office of Inspector General (OIG) oversight activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan since fiscal year 2003.

OIG has strengthened its focus in Pakistan since the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reopened its mission in 2002 and since that year has been providing oversight of USAID activities in Afghanistan as well. OIG covers a wide spectrum of USAID programs in the two countries, covering such areas as relief and stabilization, reconstruction, sustainable development, education, and health care. OIG's

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Justice Update Volume 1 - April 2010


In 2003 the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service was created within DPKO to promote rule of law work, addressing both judicial and penal systems, in UN peace missions.
This Update introduces the work of this Service and of Justice Components working in peace missions around the world.

For more information contact:
Robert Pulver
Chief, CLJAS

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Afghanistan : Analyser les indicateurs, adapter les programmes

Un récent rapport du Haut commissariat de l'ONU aux droits de l'homme montre que deux tiers des Afghans vivent dans une pauvreté extrême. Seuls 23% des habitants ont accès à l'eau potable et seuls 24% de la population âgée de plus de 15 ans sait lire et écrire, précise le même document. Selon des données statistiques de l'UNICEF datant de 2008, le pays présente les taux de mortalité infantile, juvénile et maternelle parmi les plus élevés au monde : un sixième des nourrissons (165 sur 1 000) ne survivent pas plus d'un an, un quart des enfants afghans
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OSCE Office helps rid Tajik-Afghan border of landmines

DUSHANBE, 29 April 2010 - An OSCE-supported project to assist Tajikistan in clearing landmines along the border with Afghanistan was launched in the southern town of Panj today, with a graduation ceremony for Tajik officers who completed a demining course.

The project provides an integrated system of mine clearance machines and personnel trained in manual mine clearance. It is supported by the OSCE, the United States Office of Defense Co-operation and the Tajik authorities, who have partnered since 2009 to map, mark and

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ISAF Bomb Disposal Team Clears Afghan Highway


KABUL, Afghanistan (April 29) - ISAF bomb disposal experts from the Joint Force Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Taskforce have cleared the road to the market town of Shahzad in southwest Helmand. The road was littered with improvised explosive devices and surrounded by insurgent positions, and was previously impassable for the local population in an area controlled by the Taliban until Operation Moshtarak.

The task took five weeks to complete, with the team painstakingly clearing improvised explosive devices from

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Australia attends South Asian summit in Bhutan


The Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, today reaffirmed Australia's commitment to promoting greater engagement with South Asia.

"We share common interests in democracy, security, trade and investment built on strong historical bonds," Mr McMullan said.

Australia's relationship with South Asia was confirmed with observer status at this week's 16th South Asian Association

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NATO troops raid Afghan MP's home, kill relative

By Samoon Miakhail

SURKH ROD, Afghanistan - NATO troops raided the home of a prominent Afghan lawmaker, killing a relative, police and the MP said Thursday, as the French military admitted accidentally killing civilians.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed an overnight operation in eastern Nangarhar province's Surkh Rod district and said troops killed an "individual" because he was carrying a gun.

The soldiers were "pursuing a Taliban facilitator" in the area, ISAF said in a statement, without mentioning the MP.

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Guns for hire'

The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries believes there is a global trend toward the increased privatization of war and security. So much so that in some conflict zones, private contractors, which include military and security companies outnumber conventional forces and often have sophisticated weaponry and logistical support.

The Working Group, a team of five independent experts, was created in 2005 and has been monitoring the impact on human rights of the activities of mercenaries and private military and security