- Winter Assistance to the Kabul Informal Settlements 2014/2015 Report on the Post-Distribution Monitoring Survey, April 2015
- UNOCHA: Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 38 | 01 - 31 March 2015
- The A to Z Guide to Assistance in Afghanistan 2015
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Ahmad Sarmast may owe his life to a fumble with his cellphone. He bent down in his seat to pick up his mobile just as a suicide bomber detonated his charge behind him at a music and theatre performance at the Institut Français d’Afghanistan in Kabul.
Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia
Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.
(23.04.2015) Just a couple of hours ago we received the terrible news that our dear colleague Giovanni LoPorto, who had been taken hostage almost three years ago, is dead. He was killed already in January as collateral victim in what the White House calls an "antiterrorist operation" in the frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
As people began crossing into Afghanistan in mid-June, a number of families settled in an open area in Gurboz district, known as Gulan. When agencies started delivering assistance to the new refugee camp, it became apparent that unfortunately the area was mined. UNMAS and partner agencies including Halo Trust began clearing the land to make it safe for the refugees and conducting extensive education among the population to increase awareness and understanding of the risks.
Herat, Afghanistan | AFP | Thursday 4/23/2015 - 08:44 GMT
A roadside bomb killed eight members of an Afghan family, including children, just hours after the Taliban claimed their upcoming spring offensive would "safeguard" civilian lives, officials said Thursday.
The blast ripped through the family's vehicle in Khash Rod district of southwestern Nimroz province late Wednesday as they were travelling home.
- Implementation period: January 2012 – August 2015
- Project budget: $54 million
Led by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the SIKA-West program is designed to promote stability in key areas of western Afghanistan. The project supports district-level government entities to help improve governance and provide basic services. SIKA – West’s overarching goal is to increase citizen confidence in and support for the Afghan Government.
- Implementation period: April 2012 – September 2015
- Project budget: $66 million
With the completion of an irrigation channel project in Sarbaghan and Moshi villages of Banu district of Baghlan province, approximately 200 rural families gained access to irrigation services.
The project has been completed through the Regional Programmes (RP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) at a cost of more than AFN two million, with the financial support of Japan.
The completion of this project paves the ground for the residents to irrigate their agricultural lands and gardens as well.
About this report
This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.
En octobre 2014, les équipes de Solidarités International ont commencé à intervenir dans le camp de Gulan dans la province de Khost en Afghanistan afin de venir en aide aux milliers de réfugiés Pakistanais fuyant les combats opposants l’armée pakistanaise à des groupes Talibans dans le nord Waziristân. Pour Jean-Philippe Barroy, coordinateur terrain, la réponse de Solidarités International à aux besoins des refugiés "sauve des vies".
Athens, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 4/22/2015 - 16:52 GMT
A young Afghan migrant who tried to smuggle onto a car ferry headed for Italy by clinging to the undercarriage of a tourist bus died after being run over by the coach, Greek news agency ANA reported Wednesday.
The incident took place Tuesday night on a ferry linking Igoumenitsa in northwest Greece with Bari across the Adriatic Sea in southeast Italy, ANA said.
As the bus drove onto the ferry ramp, the 21-year-old migrant was struck and fatally injured by the axle.
This technical paper provides evidence-based estimates of the likelihood of disaster-induced displacement in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Areas affected by heavy snowfall, avalanche or landslides:
324 people killed or injured 324 people 2,701 houses damaged or destroyed 2,701 houses 2,983 families affected 2,983 families in 69 districts and 17 provinces.
Areas affected by heavy rainfall and floods:
63 people killed or injured 63 people 6,018 houses damaged or destroyed 6,018 houses 6,026 families affected 6,026 families in 81 districts and 16 provinces
Amnesty International’s “Blueprint for Action” to end refugee and migrant deaths in the Med
On the eve of an emergency summit in Brussels, Amnesty International is publishing a Blueprint for Action calling on European governments to take immediate and effective steps to end an ongoing catastrophe that has left thousands of refugees and migrants dead.
Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Wednesday 4/22/2015 - 04:59 GMT
The Afghan Taliban said their annual "spring offensive" will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.
This year's offensive marks the first fighting season in which Afghan security forces will battle the insurgents without the full support of US-led foreign combat forces.
More services, modern sophisticated equipment and better care are some of the positive results after the Nangarhar Regional Hospital came under the umbrella of the SEHAT Program.
Implemented by the Ministry of Health, the SEHAT Program aims to expand the scope, quality, and coverage of health services provided to the population across Afghanistan, particularly for the poor.
- Implementation period: March 2012 – May 2015
- Project budget: $38 million
Author, Copyright Holder: Peter Simms
Children in Crisis (CIC) has worked in Kabul since the Taliban regime when we ran secret schools for Kabul’s girls, smuggling books and pencils through the checkpoints. Since that time Afghanistan has changed significantly, but many challenges remain to the work we do, and to performing meaningful M&E in the Afghan context.
Afghanistan’s first-ever National Institute for Educational Planning (NIEP) officially opened its doors in Kabul on 21 April 2015, simultaneously welcoming 44 new trainees and celebrating the graduation of the previous cohort of 48 in a formal ceremony attended by local and international partners.
KABUL/NEW YORK/GENEVA (21 April 2015) – “Afghanistan finds itself in a paradoxical situation. On the one hand, there are new opportunities for peace talks that would have been unimaginable only a few months ago. On the other, the conflict looks set to intensify as insurgents test the strength of the security forces hoping to gain leverage in future negotiations,” said Ivan Simonovic, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, at the end of a seven-day mission to Afghanistan which took him to Kabul and the provinces of Nangarhar and Kapisa.