- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 63 | 01 – 30 April 2017
- OCHA Afghanistan Weekly Field Report | 14 to 21 May 2017
- IOM: Return of Undocumented Afghans - Weekly Situation Report - 14 - 20 May 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
The European Union, FAO and WFP have joined forces with FEWS NET, UNICEF and regional organisations like CILSS, IGAD and SICA to coordinate needs assessment to increase the impact of humanitarian and resilience responses through the preparation of the “Global Report on Food Crises”. This Global Report aims to enhance coordination and decision making through a neutral analysis that informs programming and implementation.
After over three decades of protracted displacement, Iran remains host to almost 1 million documented and over 2 million undocumented Afghans (source: UNHCR, BAFIA). Many face constraints and limitations with regard to livelihoods, health, access to education and other essential services.
By Mitra Jalali, former Community Engagement Officer/Protection Focal Point, Oxfam in Greece
In response to the heavy winter conditions in Epirus, Greece, Oxfam, with funding from the EU, helped move over 300 people from inadequate sites to dignified accommodation, including hotels, with the support of the Greek Government and the funding of the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. Sadia was among them.
The European Union's current humanitarian actions in Pakistan focus on several separate but interrelated crises:
Support for people affected by the conflict in the northwest, where more than 420 000 people are presently displaced. The on-going complex emergency remains underfunded with little media attention and is classified by the European Commission as a Forgotten Crisis.
Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of the country over the past few days, causing snow avalanches.
National authorities reported, as of 7 February 7.00 UTC, that the death toll following the snow avalanches on 5-6 February has reached at least 100 people. In addition, 27 people were injured and over 240 houses were damaged in the provinces of Badakhshan, Nuristan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktya, Parwan, Bamyan and Dykundi. Search and rescue operations are still ongoing.
• Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan and the northern provinces of Pakistan, causing casualties and damages.
• As of 6 February, national authorities reported at least 85 people dead, of which 70 in Afghanistan and 15 in Pakistan, over 245 houses destroyed in Afghanistan and at least 72 houses damaged throughout the affected areas. Traffic disruptions have also been reported.
· The number of refugees in Turkey has reached over 3 million people, making Turkey the host country with the largest refugee population in the world.
· About 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey remain outside of camp settings with limited access to basic services. The European Commission is providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees, particularly to those living outside of camps.
With the humanitarian situation drastically deteriorating in a number of countries and regions, the EU is releasing urgent assistance. A total of €28.7 million have been allocated to respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs in Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Egypt and Libya.
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.
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.
◾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.
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.
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.
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.