- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 61 | 01 - 28 February 2017
- IFRC Heavy snowfall and avalanches Information bulletin n° 1, 13 Feb 2017
- UNAMA/OHCHR: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Annual Report 2016 [EN/Dari/PS]
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
WFP continues to provide food and nutritional assistance to vulnerable people in Afghanistan. However, as a result of funding shortfall, WFP could not provide food to 224,000 vulnerable people and cash-based transfers to 277,000, as lean season support in January and February respectively.
Human Rights Council
23 March 2017
Concludes General Debate on the Reports of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Secretary-General
The Human Rights Council this morning held a general debate on technical assistance and capacity building after hearing the presentation of reports and oral updates of the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Afghanistan and Yemen, and the report of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights.
The consequences of early marriage often ruin girls’ lives.
By Sohaila Ahmadi
Bibi Asma was in her cradle when her father promised her in marriage to a boy just a few years older than her.
When she was 15, her fiancé came back from Iran where he had been working to visit her at her home in Lafra, a part of Firoz Koh city in Ghor province.
Bibi Asma said that the boy's family had provided her father with a bride price of some sheep and a cow, worth about 100,000 afghanis (1,500 US dollars).
Polio this week as of 22 March 2017
From 25 to 28 March, synchronised polio campaigns will take place across 13 counties in west and central Africa including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali and Niger. Over 190 000 vaccinators will immunize more than 116 million children over the course of the campaigns. Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: No new WPV or cVDPV positives were reported this week.
In Afghanistan, the humanitarian situation in 2016 was defined by the increase in the geographical spread and intensity of the conflict.
Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal.
Recent negotiations with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates a high forecast contribution of EUR 1 million to PRRO 200310, to be confirmed in April 2017.
In February, WFP assisted 12,751 people with full entitlements and 15,927 with partial entitlements (8,030 woman 6,022 girls, 8,030 men and 6,596 boys).
So far in 2017, the total number of undocumented returnees who have arrived from Pakistan has now reached 9,928 exceeding – by 3% – the total figure (9,335) which returned in the first quarter of 2016. In the past month, numbers of undocumented returns slowed significantly following the closure of the Spin Boldak and Torkham borders between 16 February and 19 March owing to security concerns; the borders reopened on 20 March. Only 23 deported Afghans arrived in the country from 12 to 18 March.
Throughout January cold temperatures and winter conditions put thousands of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe at risk.
At least five fatalities at Europe’s borders with Turkey were reported due to temperatures as low as -14 degrees Celsius, and snowstorms throughout the region.
Overall, a total of 100,800 conflict and natural disaster affected individuals, returnees and refugees were provided with life-saving humanitarian assistance, including cash, emergency shelter and non-food items, food rations, WASH, health and winterisation support, by 24 international humanitarian partners between 1 February to 16 March.
- 2,000 Estimated number of UAC currently in Greece based on analysis from referrals to EKKA (as of 17 March 2017)
- 1,352 Total number of places available in UAC shelters (filled, pending assigned cases as of 17 March, including 90 vacant places in the process to be filled)
- 891 Total number of UAC on waiting list for shelter (as of 17 March) including:
- 130 in Reception and Identification Centers
- 18 in protective custody
HERAT – As part of a series of events broadcast on local radio, UNAMA in Herat organized a panel of human rights experts recently to discuss the protection of civilians in conflict. The discussion was broadcast on Ariana Radio.
Last year saw a record number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, with almost 3,500 people killed across the country.
Sayed Ashraf Saddat, the Civil Society Coordinator for the Herat Provincial Peace Advocacy Committee, said that ground engagements in populated areas are the leading cause of civilian casualties.
BMC International Health and Human Rights BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 2017 17:7 DOI: 10.1186/s12914-017-0116-4© The Author(s). 2017
Received: 17 September 2016 Accepted: 11 March 2017 Published: 20 March 2017
Waleed M. Sweileh
During 2017, the government has taken key policy decisions regarding registering the undocumented Afghans and institutionalizing measures to support Afghan refugees, IOM Pakistan is supporting the government through participation in the Provincial Taskforce on Documenting the Unregistered Afghan Nationals.
23 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
3,591 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
9,928 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017
57,173 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017
65% of returnees from Pakistan (15 individuals) assisted
12% of returnees from Iran (440 individuals) assisted
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Over 7,860 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 87% (6,768) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
Many refugee and asylum-seeker women and girls have been exposed to gender-based violence taking the form of coercion, forced prostitution, harassment, survival sex, sexual slavery or various forms of extortions. However, “their protection from violence has not been considered a priority in the management of the refugee crisis”, today said PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. According to parliamentarians, “the gender dimension of the refugee crisis has been largely overlooked”.