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UNAMA condemns deliberate killing of civilians in Farah province

KABUL, 1 September 2014 - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns the deliberate killing of 12 civilians in the western province of Farah.

On 30 August, a group of Taliban deliberately shot 16 labourers, killing 12 and injuring four in the Qala-e-Kah district of Farah. All 16 civilians were from the same village and were on their way to work when the Taliban stopped their vehicles and shot them. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings on their website.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
WHO Afghanistan Monthly Programme Update:August 2014

KEY UPDATES:

  • Around 16,177 families displaced from Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency have been assessed in Khost prov-ince and necessary assistance has been provided by humanitarian agencies. In Paktika province, 6,333 families who fled the conflict have been assessed and assisted

  • In addition to vaccination activities at border entry points, mop-up, subnational and national polio immun-ization campaigns were conducted in the southeastern region targeting all children under 5

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Afghan election close to failure as Abdullah sets deadline

09/01/2014 14:15 GMT

by Emal HAIDARY

KABUL, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Monday issued another ultimatum over the disputed election result, threatening to withdraw from all efforts to negotiate a solution to the deepening political crisis.

Abdullah claims that fraud cheated him of victory in the June 14 election, and fears have risen of a return to unrest of the 1990s civil war after his supporters called on him to form a "parallel government".

Agence France-Presse:

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UN appraises presidential candidates on progress of election audit

KABUL, 1 September 2014 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, met today with the two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. He briefed them on the progress of the 14 June presidential run-off election audit based on information of the Independent Election Commission and the United Nations experts supervising the process. They also discussed other related issues. The meeting was attended by Ambassador of the United States to Afghanistan, James. B. Cunningham.

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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Weekly Report ( 15-28 August 2014 )

Reporting Period: 15-28 August 2014
Donor: OFDA/USAID
Submission Date: 28 August 2014
Incidents Update: Three new natural disaster incidents were reported.

East Region:

International Organization for Migration:

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New $27 million US-Afghan project to improve electricity delivery in Kandahar [EN/Dari/Pashto]

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – senior officials from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national power utility, signed a contract with an international consulting firm on Sunday, August 31, as part of a nationwide Power Transmission Expansion and Connectivity (PTEC) Program financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is designed to improve power distribution in throughout southern Kandahar province.

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UN continues to respond to candidates’ technical concerns on audit

KABUL, 1 September 2014 – Even as the comprehensive audit of the presidential run-off approaches completion, the United Nations is continuing to respond to new technical issues and concerns when raised by the presidential campaigns. This is part of its previously stated commitment to work with both campaigns to respond to any issues which would further the overall objective of the audit to separate fraudulent ballots from valid votes.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Pakistan (ECHO/PAK/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 30/07/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 45 000 000

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) the Afghan crisis (including affected populations of Afghans in Iran and Pakistan) (ECHO/-AS/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 30/07/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 31 500 000

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Severe flooding and landslides in the first half of 2014 seriously affected over 150 000 people. An estimated 8 850 homes were totally destroyed and 8 345 badly damaged. Significant impact on harvests and rural livelihoods is expected.

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MRRD lays foundation-stone of two projects

The foundation-stone of two projects was laid in Ghor province. These projects include: water intake, agricultural water reservoir and irrigation channel.

These projects will be constructed in Ahangaran and Kasi villages of Ferozkoh the capital city of Ghor province through the Regional Prorgammes of the MRRD at a sum of AFN five million and 589 thousand including 10% community contribution. The projects are scheduled to be completed in three months.

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Road Project Starts in Jawzjan Province

Gravelling work of a rural road project was started in Shabarghan the capital city of Jawzjan province on 31 August 2014.

The mentioned 6km long and 5m wide road will be graveled at a sum of USD 121 thousand. The project will be implemented by the financial support of United Nations Organization for Project Services (UNOPS) in accordance with the proposed plan of MRRD.

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ACBAR Press Release Intrusion health facility 29 -August- 2014

Since January 2014, 140 ' security incidents have directly harmed NGOs. ACBAR calls upon all parties to the Afghan conflict to end all forms of violence against Humanitarian Actors – including NGOs and their employees.

Kabul, the 29th August 2014

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Khost & Paktika Update No. 28 – 28 August 2014

1. Khost & Paktika Situation Update

A UNHCR Senior Site Planner was deployed from HQ to Gulan Camp in Khost Province to analyze how families are settling in the camp, the topography of the land and weather conditions to determine options for winterization, as well as develop recommendations to ensure that the camp can meet international standards. As of now, the camp is on track to meet standards for water per person—20 litres per person per day; however latrines, solid waste management and facilities for showering are urgently needed.

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Livelihoods Needs Assessment at the Returnee Settlements of Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces, Afghanistan (August 7 – 10, 2014)

Most of the returnees believe they had a better life while they were living as refugees in Pakistan compared to living in their own country.

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Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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USAID contributes additional $2.5 million to Northern Waziristan’s Displaced People in Khost and Paktika [EN/Dari/Pashto]

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency For International Development (USAID) contributed an additional $2.5m this week for emergency food assistance to 15,000 displaced families from Northern Waziristan residing in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan.

USAID continues to work with the United Nations World Food Programme and our local and provincial partners to distributes emergency food assistance through the Afghanistan Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations.

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UN updates presidential candidates on progress of election audit

KABUL, 30 August 2014 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, met today with the two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. At their request he briefed them on the progress of the 14 June presidential run-off election audit based on information of the Independent Election Commission and the United Nations experts supervising the process. The meeting was also attended by Ambassador of the United States to Afghanistan, James. B. Cunningham.

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Afghanistan Price Bulletin August 2014

Wheat is the staple food for most Afghans, comprising more than 70 percent of their diet. Low-quality rice is a poor, but sometimes necessary, substitute. All markets represent significant population centers and consumer markets. Kabul, the capital, supplies the central provinces and is a transit point between the north, south, east, and west. Jalalabad supplies the eastern part of the country and acts as a cross-border market with Pakistan. Mazar-e-Sarif supplies northern provinces and, in a good year, the southern provinces as well.