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WHO Afghanistan Biweekly Programme Update: 24 July 2014

Emergency Humanitarian Action

KEY UPDATES:

  • The influx of refugees from Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency has become static with a total of 12,340 families displaced in Khost and Paktika provinces

  • Health service provision for refugees in Khost and Paktika, including vaccinating children against polio and measles, has successfully continued

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New Remote Control report: Lack of information around Afghanistan drone strikes

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London, 24th July – A new report published today finds that despite Afghanistan being the most heavily drone-bombed country in the world, the reporting of air strikes is far less comprehensive than in other theatres.

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United Nations proposes criteria for ordering recounts and invalidations

KABUL, 24 July 2014 – The United Nations (UN) today presented its proposal to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for a regulatory decision covering criteria for ordering the recount of ballot boxes and the invalidation of ballots as part of the ongoing comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on 15 June.

The Director of the UN’s Electoral Assistance Division, Craig Jenness, delivered the proposal to the IEC Chairman, Dr. Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, earlier this afternoon.

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IOM Afghanistan: North Waziristan Displacement Response (24 July 2014)

Ongoing military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have displaced some 15,195 families (UNHCR estimate as of 23 July 2014) on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The majority of the families have been displaced into Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika provinces. IOM is responding to the needs of Afghan families who have returned from .North Waziristan, working closely with government and humanitarian partners.

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Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) Newsletter: June 2014

Farza District of Kabul Province is Freed of Known Mines/ERW

Farza District of Kabul province was declared free of all known mines and other explosive rem-nants of war (ERW). The district was officially handed over to the communities and the district authorities during a handover ceremony held in the district conference hall.

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Gunmen kill two Finnish women in western Afghanistan

07/24/2014 13:17 GMT

by Aref Karimi

HERAT, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Two Finnish female aid workers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen while travelling in a taxi in western Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the latest killings in a recent spate of attacks on foreigners.

It came as Afghanistan undertakes a massive audit of its recently concluded presidential vote to avert an impasse threatening to plunge the country into an ethnic conflict as foreign troops prepare to depart after more than a decade of war.

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Motorbike bomb kills six civilians in north Afghanistan: officials

07/24/2014 08:30 GMT

KUNDUZ, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed motorcycle in northern Afghanistan Thursday, killing six civilians and wounding more than 20 in a crowded market as shoppers bought supplies for the upcoming festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, officials said.

The attack in Takhar province came as Afghanistan is conducting an audit of its presidential vote aimed at ending an impasse that has threatened to plunge the country into a crisis as foreign troops prepare to withdraw by the end of the year.

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Afghan returnees and IDPs receive hygiene training through UN-supported programme

23 July 2014 – As part of a United Nations-supported programme, some 1,320 returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) - around 200 families - in the north-eastern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and Badakhshan have recently had their understanding on sanitation and environmental hygiene issues boosted as part of a wider effort to help reduce their mortality rates.

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International Medical Corps Responds to Crisis in Pakistan

July 23, 2014 – Los Angeles, Calif. - Since the Pakistan army began an offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan, more than 830,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been forced to other parts of Pakistan (largely the Bannu District) and an estimated 112,000 people have fled to Afghanistan.

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Responding to displacement needs in Khost following military operations in North Waziristan

Elise Svarstad

In recent weeks, the major military offensive against militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan, has forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter across the Afghanistan border in Khost and Paktika Provinces. An estimated 17,000 families (144,000 persons) have been displaced to Khost where NRC is currently responding to the crisis.

NRC Working to Identify Needs

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Post-disaster measles campaign completed in flood-affected provinces

Kabul 23 July 2014 – WHO and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) with other partners have completed a post-disaster measles vaccination campaign in provinces affected by severe flooding in April-May this year.

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United Nations convenes meeting on strengthening presidential election audit

KABUL, 23 July 2014 – With the support of both of the candidates in Afghanistan’s Presidential election, the United Nations convened a meeting this morning at the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to strengthen the audit of run-off results.

Participants included all of the stakeholders involved in the comprehensive audit, including the UN, the IEC, international and domestic observers and the supervisors from each of the candidates' teams of agent representatives.

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Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

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Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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From hidden struggles towards political participation: Afghan women’s perspectives on peace and security beyond transition

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Women in Afghanistan have achieved significant progress in terms of working in public life since the international intervention in 2001. Despite of insecurity, patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory mindsets they have effective presence in parliament, media, government and civil society to contribute in democratization and stability of the country.

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The Age of Youth: The Peaceful Shaping of Afghanistan’s Transition Decade

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Since the fall of the Taliban, Youth have emerged as an important political and economic force in Afghanistan. They are one of the most important demographic groups, with nearly two-third of the population being under the age of 25 years.

In a country where leadership is traditionally concentrated in the hands of male elites of a certain age and standing, youth have started to push into the political and economic arena demanding their rights to be included as well as offering the skills they were able to hone over the past 12 years.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Afghanistan Aid Distributions Reach 200 Families Displaced by North Waziristan Conflict

Afghanistan - IOM is continuing to respond to the needs of Afghan families displaced by the ongoing military operation in Pakistan’s North Waziristan.

On Sunday and Monday, aid distributions benefitting 200 vulnerable Afghan families were carried out in Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika provinces.

Military operations in North Waziristan have resulted in the displacement of thousands of families living along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Most of the families have sought refuge from the fighting in the neighbouring Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika.

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