- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 41, 1 - 30 Jun 2015
- IDMC: New and long-term IDPs risk becoming neglected as conflict intensifies
- Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Afghanistan (S/2015/336)
Appeals & Funding
- 2015 Strategic Response Plan
- 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- UNHCR Refugee Response in Afghanistan - Updated requirements, Jan-Dec 2015
AQRABAT, Afghanistan, July 28, (UNHCR) – Bathed by constant winds from the majestic Hindukush mountains, the remote village of Aqrabat in Bamyan district, central Afghanistan, was for many years known as "Ergha-baad" (gentle wind) by locals.
Now as a result of modern technology, the town is capitalising on its ancient name.
By Andreea Anca, IFRC
Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 18:06 GMT
About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday.
"It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said the spokesman for Eurotunnel, which is battling often deadly efforts by migrants to smuggle into Britain.
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
The European Union (EU) is facing unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving by boat.
In 2014, 220,000 people arrived, almost double the combined total of 121,000 from 2011 through 2013. During just the first six months of 2015, 137,000 arrived, compared with 75,000 during the first six months of 2014. As seas are calmer during the summer months, many more are expected before the end of 2015.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It is a reality that armed conflicts continue to define today’s world, with the accompanying toll of death, destruction and suffering.
Contracts for Health (PCH)
The US Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAR) has recently questioned the existence of some MoPH health facilities. The facilities were funded until 30th June 2015, through the USAID Partnerships Contracts for Health (PCH) deliver basic, essential health services.
Kunduz, Afghanistan | AFP | Monday 7/27/2015 - 15:12 GMT
by Gul Rahim
At least 22 people were killed when a gunfight broke out at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, highlighting the fragile security situation in the war-torn country.
The clash, allegedly triggered by quarrels between guests over a young "dancing boy", erupted late Sunday in Deh Salah district in the once-tranquil province of Baghlan.
Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.
The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.
Source: Reuters - Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:27 GMT
By Angelica Ramos
ATHENS, July 25 (Reuters) - Aid workers called for emergency accommodation for hundreds of migrants who are camped out in the streets of the Greek capital as it struggles back from the brink of financial collapse.
Narges Ghafary Communication Officer World Vision Afghanistan
The sound of children can be heard repeating the alphabet “Alef, B, T, Se, Jim, H, Kh, Dal, Zal....”
A room full of colourful and well-designed educational materials provides children many opportunities to challenge themselves through seeing, touching, feeling and moving. This room enables a group of children to enjoy their childhood together.
Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Friday 7/24/2015 - 10:16 GMT
by Mushtaq MOJADDIDI
Afghan officials said Friday they will meet Taliban insurgents next week for a second round of talks aimed at ending 13 years of war, pledging to press for a ceasefire in negotiations likely to be held in China.
The Afghan government conducted its first face-to-face talks with Taliban cadres on July 7 in Murree, a Pakistani hill station north of Islamabad, which were supervised by American and Chinese representatives.
QUETTA: Abdul Waheed’s father was unable to breathe and urgently needed oxygen to stay alive. Waheed broke into tears, realising how serious his father’s condition was. The doctor, too, knew the patient was in a critical condition. However, the man survived — thanks to an efficient and centralised oxygen system recently installed at the Fatima Jinnah Chest and General Hospital in Quetta.
On October 31st 2000, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted the historic Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace, and Security. The adoption of UNSCR 1325 was the validation of over 20 years of advocacy by women peace activists and women’s organizations globally and it had no precedence before as it recognized that women’s increased participation in all decision‐making on peace and security related issues, as well as an end to conflict‐related sexual violence.
KABUL, 21 July 2015 – The importance of enhancing women’s political role in Afghanistan, particularly in peace talks, was highlighted in a new UN radio programme broadcast today.
In the latest segment of UNAMA’s “Afghanistan Emrooz,” broadcast in Dari on 93.5 Ariana FM, civil society activists and rights advocates discussed a range of issues related to women and politics in Afghanistan, including the contributions and achievements they have made through advocacy and other efforts.
KABUL, 22 July 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the killing today of at least 19 civilians and the injuring of at least 28 at a bombing in the Almar district of Faryab province.
“This horrific attack against civilians in a market demonstrates an appalling disregard for human life,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “UNAMA has repeatedly called for an immediate ban on weapons which kill indiscriminately and that are used in civilian-populated areas.”
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan | Wednesday 7/22/2015 - 13:34 GMT
A suicide bomber killed 19 people including women and children Wednesday when he blew himself up in a northern Afghan market, as militants intensify their annual summer offensive despite nascent peace talks.
The attack in Almar district of Faryab province, bordering Turkmenistan, highlights the heavy toll of such attacks on civilians after 13 years of war.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2016
By Caritas Internationalis
By Irma Sofia Espinosa Peraldi, Caritas Athens
The situation in Greece is getting worse by the day. New migrants know about the economic crisis here, but still they decide to come to Greece as it is their entry point to Europe. The arrival of migrants in the Greek islands is 500 percent more than last year.