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17 Nov 2016 description

Key messages

  • Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can restore a sense of normalcy and safety and provide them with important life skills. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

  • The Commission currently dedicates over 4% of the EU's overall humanitarian budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid.

24 Oct 2016 description

Today, Commissioner Christos Stylianides is concluding his second visit this year to Iran. During his three-day stay, the Commissioner met with the national authorities, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Interior and representatives from the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) and visit humanitarian projects across the country. He also discussed humanitarian issues in the wider Middle East region.

07 Oct 2016 description

◾On 3 October, the Taleban attacked Kunduz city from four sides, and managed to take control of parts of it, including government buildings. Since then the Afghan government forces have retaken some areas of the city, but fighting continues.

30 Sep 2016 description

Key messages

  • Almost four decades of conflict in Afghanistan have led to insecurity and large scale displacement within the country and to neighbouring Iran and Pakistan. Intensified conflict continues to force people out of their homes: this year alone, by the end of August some 245,000 people had already fled to safer places.

08 Sep 2016 description

Riddled by conflict for decades, Afghanistan is also a recurrent victim of natural disasters, ranging from floods to landslides, avalanches, heavy snowfall. The combination of these events affects the livelihoods of many Afghans, regularly triggering the need for urgent humanitarian assistance. In response, the European Commission has been providing funding to support humanitarian projects designed to meet the basic needs of at-risk populations in affected areas across the country.

12 Aug 2016 description
  • High intensity fighting has been reported in Helmand province. On the 1 August Non-state armed groups (NSAGs) launched a coordinated attack on the Nad-e-Ali district centre prompting a wave of displacement into Lashkar Gah city.

  • Since the 1 August 403 households have been displaced (approximately 2 800 people) from Nad-e-Ali have and are moving towards Lashkar Gah city. Given ongoing military operations there is potential for further small scale population movements.

22 Jul 2016 description

• Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides.

20 Jul 2016 description
  • The number of conflict induced displaced people continues to grow as insecurity affects more parts of the country: in 2016, almost 160 000 people were displaced in 29 provinces out of 34 provinces, more than half of them children. A total of 1.2 million are internally displaced as a result of conflict.

22 Jun 2016 description

Facts & Figures

  • 65 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide:

  • 21.3 million refugees,

  • 40.8 million internally displaced - 1.8 million seeking asylum.

  • Largest sources of refugees: Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan , Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

16 Jun 2016 description
  • The overall number of refugees and migrants in Greece, including the islands, was reported as 57 113 on 12 June.

  • On 13 June, evacuation began of informal sites at Polykastro, close to the northern border and the former Idomeni site. Around 300 officers took part in the operation to relocate a total of around 4 000 migrants from the makeshift sites into state-run facilities.

03 Jun 2016 description
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Technical Annex

The full implementation of this HIP is conditional upon the necessary appropriations being made available under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey

AMOUNT: EUR 505,650,000

02 Jun 2016 description
  • Three aid workers of Focus, an international NGO linked to the Aga Khan Development Network, were shot and killed on 1 June in Parwan province, Eastern Afghanistan. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the killings.

  • Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for aid workers. 75 security incidents targeting humanitarian workers have occurred since January; five of them being killed, 10 wounded and 81 abducted, victims mostly national staff.

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

19 Apr 2016 description
  • Flash floods following heavy rains since 16 April in Northern, Central and Western regions of Afghanistan have affected 17 provinces. Preliminary information suggests that floods have killed 25 people, while 13 people are missing and four injured. Hundreds of families have been displaced as their homes have been damaged or destroyed. Needs assessments are coordinated by the local authorities and UNOCHA.
19 Apr 2016 description
  • The northern provinces of Kunduz and Baghlan are experiencing increased displacements of civilians due to increased conflict between Afghan National Security Forces and Armed Opposition Groups. According to preliminary figures, almost 1000 families are displaced in neighbouring districts and urban centres such as Taloqan and Puli Khumri cities.
  • According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan, 1 943 civilian casualties (600 deaths and 1 343 injured) have been recorded in the first 3 months of 2016 alone.