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28 Feb 2001 description

KARACHI, Feb 28 (AFP) - A pro-Taliban Pakistani Islamic party Wednesday despatched a 20-truck convoy of relief goods for the drought affected people of Afghanistan.

The trucks carrying sugar, rice, clothes, blankets and shoes have been sent to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar which is also the Taliban militia's base, the fundamentalist Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party spokesman Khalid Soomro said.

28 Feb 2001 description

Describing a colossal human tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan as a result of long-running war and severe drought, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today urged donors to provide $250 million to avert further death and displacement among the Afghan people.

28 Feb 2001 description

The mission of the WHO Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action is to increase, through a concerted effort across WHO, the capacity and self-reliance of countries in the prevention of disasters, preparation for emergencies, mitigation of their health consequences, and the creation of a synergy between emergency action and sustainable development.

28 Feb 2001 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 28 February (IRIN) - A workshop intended to help inculcate Afghan refugee children with their nation's culture and values opened in the western Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday.

28 Feb 2001 description

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, worsened by drought, required urgent action to prevent a catastrophe, Kenzo Oshima, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told correspondents at Headquarters today as he briefed them on his recent trip to that country.

28 Feb 2001 description


The Newsletter of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

EDITORIAL: HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS OVERLOOKED BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

26 Feb 2001 description

Alan Kreczko urges broad-based, negotiated settlement

Alan J, Kreczko, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, said in an interview on February 23 for the United Nations Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance that the U.S. will continue to take the lead in providing international assistance to the Afghan people.

"Already this year, we have contributed millions of dollars to the UNCHR, the ICRC, and several non-governmental organizations.

26 Feb 2001 description

Islamabad (dpa) - Afghanistan's Taliban regime said Monday it had received no reports of any damage from the strong earthquake that shook the country on Sunday.

''We have no reports of any damage or casualties from the areas we control,'' Taliban spokesman Qari Fazle Rabbi told the private Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) agency.

The Islamic Taliban control more than 90 per cent territory of the country.

Opponents of the Islamic Taliban who control northern provinces of Takhar and Badakhshan which were worst-hit also did not report any damage.

26 Feb 2001 description

We follow with deep concern and regret the continuation of the fighting in Afghanistan.

The humanitarian tragedy caused by the ongoing clashes has gained alarming proportions. Since last July, thousands of people have lost their lives, tens of thousands of people have been internally displaced mainly in northern Afghanistan, and some have sought refuge outside of the country due to the continuing clashes.

25 Feb 2001 description

CAIRO, Feb 25 (AFP) - Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar strongly criticised on Sunday the "humanitarian crisis" caused by UN sanctions against Kabul and said the impasse between Washington and the Taliban over extraditing Osama bin Laden should be settled by negotiations.

"The effect has been exactly the opposite of what has been envisaged at the time the resolutions were passed," Abdul Sattar said at a meeting with officials from Egypt's foreign ministry, during which he answered questions.

25 Feb 2001 description

GENEVA, Feb 25 (AFP) - There were no immediate reports of casualties Sunday after a strong earthquake jolted northeastern Afghanistan, UN reports indicated.

"According to the United Nations office in Faizabad, there are no reports of casualties and damage so far. However, this does not mean that damage and casualties can be ruled out.

25 Feb 2001 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0048
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Afghanistan - Earthquake

25 Feb 2001 description

Earthquake Bulletin
01/02/25 02:21:59 UTC 36.44N 70.91E Depth: 202.4 km 6.1M
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
45 miles (70 km) SSE of Feyzabad, Afghanistan

23 Feb 2001 description

Following is a fact sheet issued by the State Department on February 23 on the suffering in Afghanistan:

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FACT SHEET

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

UN SANCTIONS DO NOT EXACERBATE THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN

February 23, 2001

Humanitarian Catastrophe

-- According to initial reports by Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Kenzo Oshima, following his trip to the region in early February 2001, the humanitarian situation facing Afghans is grave and worsening quickly.

23 Feb 2001 description

Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action

23 Feb 2001 description

Islamabad (Office of the United Nations Co-ordinator for Afghanistan), 23 February 2001 -- The United Nations Co-ordinator for Afghanistan today signed an agreement with the European Union for 3.8 million euros (US$3.44 million) for the Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan. The funds have been channelled through the United Nations Development Programme.

23 Feb 2001 description

UMCOR has sent an additional grant for earthquake relief in El Salvador. More than 1 =BD million people are homeless--nearly one-fifth of the population. This UMCOR grant will provide plastic sheeting, nails and other materials to construct temporary shelters in two communities that have received no other assistance. Please give to UMCOR Advance #911447-8 "El Salvador Earthquake."

23 Feb 2001 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 23 February (IRIN) - In an interview with IRIN after the recent tightening of sanctions against the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan, Alan J Kreczko said the United States advocated a broad-based, political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.