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28 Jul 2016 description

Between 1 January 2016 and 18 July 2016, 171,938 individuals fled their homes due to conflict. 29 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.

28 Jul 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Children Detained in War Zones

Thousands Held Without Charge, Tortured

(New York, July 28, 2016) – Thousands of children in conflict-affected countries have been detained without charge for months or even years as national security threats, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Untold numbers have been tortured or have died in custody. Governments should immediately stop detaining children without charge and appropriately punish those who mistreat them.

27 Jul 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Growing Numbers of Children Killed or Injured in Conflict

Phelim Kine
Deputy Director, Asia Division

The conflict in Afghanistan continues to take a worsening toll on the country’s already long-suffering civilian population.

27 Jul 2016 description

H.E. Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met in his office with Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

26 Jul 2016 description

Weekly picks

AFGHANISTAN

On 23 July in Kabul, two explosions during a peaceful protest of Shiite Hazaras killed 80 and injured another 231 civilians --the deadliest attack in the capital since 2001. IS claimed responsibility for the attack, which risks to increase tensions between the Shias and the Sunnis.

UGANDA

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP has gained access to areas of Uruzgan province for the first time in seven years, as well as Paktika province for the first time since the beginning of 2016. However, access to both these areas remains tenuous.

  • The results of the latest Pre-Harvest Assessment predict similar or higher levels of national wheat production this year, compared to 2015 level.

26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description

NEEDS ANALYSIS

  • Halfway through the year the needs are still high.
    With armed conflict currently ongoing in more than half of the provinces in the country, conflict induced displacement remains the major cause for humanitarian action. It is reported that close to 141.000 people left their homes due to conflict in the first 5 months of the year, combined with natural disasters affecting 15 provinces the needs are expected to continuously rise for the rest of the year.

RESPONSE

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP, UNHCR and the Bureau for Alien and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) are coordinating an inter-sectoral assessment mission which is planned to take place in early August.

  • As of July all commodities will be available in all WFP targeted settlements until the end of the year.

  • In June, WFP assisted 12,476 people with full entitlements and 16,220 with partial entitlements.

Operational Updates

26 Jul 2016 description

SUMMARY

The current refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian challenge to have faced the European Union since its foundation. Although the outcome of the referendum on 23 June 2016 was that the UK should leave the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU, with all the responsibilities that entails, until the final withdrawal agreement is ratified. It is vital, both on moral grounds and in order to help maintain good relations with the other 27 Member States, that the UK Government should participate fully in EU action to resolve this humanitarian crisis.

26 Jul 2016 description

249,854 arrivals by sea in 2016
3,034 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 26 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

26 Jul 2016 description

Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/26/2016 - 08:02 GMT

An Ethiopian was killed and six other migrants injured when clashes erupted on the outskirts of the migrant camp in France's northern port city of Calais, authorities said Tuesday.

A local government spokesman said migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia clashed with those from Afghanistan on Monday night, stabbing each other and hitting each other with sticks.

A 37-year-old Ethiopian died after being knifed in the chest, he said.

Police intervened several times in the clashes.

26 Jul 2016 description

ARG, Kabul: The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan studied the latest UNAMA report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan, and deems worthy-of-mention the following points:

The Government of Afghanistan also monitors the situation on protection of civilians in the country, and is concerned about the increase in the number of casualties, especially, of children.

25 Jul 2016 description

Kabul 17 July 2016 - The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on polio eradication convened in Kabul to review Afghanistan’s progress in polio eradication, provide recommendations for intensifying efforts to stop the circulation of wild poliovirus by the end of this year and review the National Emergency Action Plan for Polio for 2016–2017. The TAG appreciated the significant progress achieved so far and highlighted major improvements in Afghanistan’s polio eradication efforts.

25 Jul 2016 description
report Save the Children

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 25, 2016) — Almost 400 children were killed and another 1,121 maimed between January and June this year in a six-month period that saw the highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the United Nations began counting in 2009.

According to the report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, nearly a third of all civilian deaths or injuries were children, with the total number of child casualties up 18 percent compared to the same period last year.

25 Jul 2016 description

Kabul, Afghanistan Today, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Afghanistan (MAIL) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed agreements to roll out new agricultural projects and extend a few ongoing initiatives. This partnership will contribute to the Government of Afghanistan’s new strategy toward a “farmer-focused” approach to develop the country’s agricultural sector.

25 Jul 2016 description
report European Union
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The UNAMA Report for the half of 2016 draws a grim picture in terms of Afghan civilian casualties noting that the highest number of civilian casualties have occurred so far this year since reporting began in 2009. Even more concerning is that children compose one-third of civilian casualties, which is also the highest figure for children killed or wounded in the same period since reporting began.