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09 Feb 2016 description

KABUL - To prevent and respond to child recruitment and use in the National Security Forces, and to improve age-verification mechanisms, the Government of Afghanistan officially launched age assessment guidelines at a high-level meeting in Kabul.

Prepared by experts, practitioners, and government officials, with the technical assistance of UNAMA and UNICEF, the age assessment guidelines are designed to be applied during any recruitment process into the Afghan security forces.

09 Feb 2016 description

Vocational training programmes prove highly successful in eastern province.

By Ahmad Farid Tanha

“I used to beg,” said 30-year-old Wahida. “Now, I work as a seamstress and feed my whole family.”

Wahida, a resident of the Parwan’s provincial capital Charikar, told IWPR that her life had been transformed due to a training course run by the provincial department of women’s affairs.

09 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals to Croatia: 634,473

Total arrivals in Feb 2016: 11,369

Minor and women ratio of total registration at 01-07 Feb 2016: 58%

Compared to 25-31 Jan 2016: 61%

Total arrivals in Jan 2016: 64,826

Avg. daily arrivals in Jan 2016: 2,091

Source: MOI registration data, Croatia

08 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

By Shira Rubin

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN) - In the main square of Aksaray, a neighbourhood in Istanbul densely populated by refugees, Haroun Yamani tries to placate potential clients who are seeking a future in Europe but are anxious about the treacherous boat journey that will take them there.

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08 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wheat: Average wheat grain retail price in the main cities’ markets of the country was slightly fluctuating in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, it was decreasing from January – August, and negligibly increased from August 2015 to January 2016.

  • The current average wheat price in main cities’ markets of Afghanistan (AFN 25.1/Kg) is higher by 1.3% compared to the same time last year (January 2015), but significantly higher by 16.2% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months (Januarys 2011 - 2015).

08 Feb 2016 description

Monish Gulati
Independent Analyst, New Delhi 
E-mail: m_gulati_2001@yahoo.com

08 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

• It was difficult for Nangarhar’s Kuz Kunar Pickle Production Association to find customers due to lack of marketing skills.

• UNDP training not only helped the association improve their product labels to find customers in the market but also created job opportunities for 20 women.

• UNDP’s Gender Equality Project has supported 915 women in cooperatives, associations and networks in four provinces with an average income increase of 12.7% to 20%.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

The number of Syrians coming to the EU from Turkey has decreased considerably in January, according to a German newspaper. More Iraqis and Afghans are fleeing to the bloc, but have slim chances of receiving asylum.

Nearly forty percent of migrants who entered the European Union (EU) in January do not have a realistic chance of getting asylum, the Sunday paper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" (FAS) quoted a senior European Commission official as saying.

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan 2015 - 3 Feb 2016): 924,1746

Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2016: 7,521

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 1,254

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,952

Total asylum applications during Dec 2015: 1,314

Dead and missing

272 dead - 152 missing (2015)

96 dead - 34 missing (28 Jan. 2016)

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2016): 135,159

Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 1,796

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 299

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413

% of arrivals in Chios compared to total: 21%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 50

Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 230

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Samos (Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2016): 109,378

Total arrivals in Samos during Feb 2016: 300

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 50

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 152

% of arrivals in Samos compared to total in Greece (2016) : 7%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 500

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 0

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Lesvos (01 Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2016): 540,719

Total arrivals in Lesvos during Feb 2016: 4,526

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 754

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,167

% of arrivals in Lesvos compared to total: 60%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 1,452

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 346

07 Feb 2016 description

More than 850,000 Afghan refugees' residence cards were extended in Iran

The UN refugee agency site in Iran and Iran's Interior Ministry reported that the completion of validity identification foreign nationals on 20 January, 2016 as well as time-consuming preparation and implementation of special planning identification of foreign nationals extended.

850 thousands Afghan refugees living in Iran have ID cards, and according the role their cards extends every six months.

07 Feb 2016 description

KANDAHAR - Civil society organizations and provincial anti-graft officials met at a UNAMA-backed event to form a new Anti-Corruption Group to tackle corruption in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar.

Some three dozen representatives from local government and civil society organizations, including two women, came together at a meeting facilitated by UNAMA’s Kandahar office to elect members to the new Anti-Corruption Group, which follows other similar groups formed in Balkh and Herat.

07 Feb 2016 description

EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program had a year of significant activity, innovation, and planning.

Investigating the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake

06 Feb 2016 description

Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Saturday 2/6/2016 - 15:30 GMT

Direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "expected to take place" by the end of the month, representatives from four countries involved in pre-cursor roadmap negotiations said in a joint statement issued Saturday in Islamabad.

06 Feb 2016 description

IKRAM JUNAIDI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have reported the first cases of polio for the year 2016.

In Pakistan, the case has been confirmed by Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services, who is not authorised to speak on record, said the sample collected from 34-month-old Ijaz Khan in January confirmed that the child had the onset of polio.