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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The 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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Evolving Terrain: Opium Poppy Cultivation in Balkh and Badakhshan Provinces in 2013

For the third consecutive year, area cultivated with opium poppy in Afghanistan has increased. The 36 percent reported increase in 2012-13 follows the 18 percent increase between 2010-11 and 2011-12, and has produced what the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calls a “sobering” record high level.

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Afghan election result delayed due to fraud probe

04/23/2014 10:03 GMT

KABUL, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan's preliminary presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations and will now be released on Saturday, officials said Wednesday as they vowed to sift out fake votes.

Partial results from the April 5 election to succeed President Hamid Karzai have already been released, with former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah ahead of his main rival Ashraf Ghani after half of the ballots were counted.

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Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 22 April 2014)


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UNAMA welcomes steps to increase transparency of electoral process

KABUL, 23 April 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) encourages steps taken by Afghan electoral institutions to continuously increase transparency around the counting of votes from the country’s Presidential elections.

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Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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Back to school

[ACTED News] – Amidst all the election turmoil and uncertainty about the nation’s future, ACTED teams in Afghanistan, are supporting 4,000 primary school girls to go back to school at the beginning of the academic year. This programme is part of DFID’s Global Girls Education Challenge; aimed at helping the most marginalised out of school girls attain an education.

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Combating food insecurity and displacement in drought-hit parts of Afghanistan


Last year, thousands of people left Ghor Province, many due to conflict, but others due to a more subtle threat: drought. An estimated 75 percent of the population was affected.


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Afghanistan Price Bulletin April 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.

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UNAMA urges engagement and inclusion of women in political process

KABUL, 21 April 2014 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ján Kubiš, highlights the importance of continued meaningful engagement and inclusion of women in Afghanistan’s political processes.

Speaking after a meeting with Afghan women parliamentarians, he congratulated the women of Afghanistan on their participation in the elections – as voters, electoral workers, observers and candidates.

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UAE-funded food programme in Afghanistan adds iodine to salt to reduce deaths

Kabul: A large-scale Food Fortification Programme in Afghanistan, funded by the UAE's Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) and implemented by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), is providing iodine to 29 salt factories in Afghanistan in an effort to reduce deaths and disabilities associated with nutritional deficiencies, particularly among women and children.

29 factories across Afghanistan produce around 130,000 tonnes of salt per year which need to be purified and mixed with iodine.