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24 Jul 2017 description

One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan is conflict displacement. Since January 2017, some 168,100 people have been forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.

More than 111,000 undocumented and registered refugee Afghans have returned from Pakistan in 2017. While difficult to predict, it is anticipated that between 864,000 and 1.5 million Afghans could return to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries this year.

24 Jul 2017 description
  1. Rivers Flow Situation Reported by Flood Forecasting Division. All rivers are flowing at Normal levels except; River Indus at Tarbela, Kalabagh, Chashma & Guddu and River Kabul at Nowshera which are at Low Level. Details at Annex A.

24 Jul 2017 description

Amin Ahmed

ISLAMABAD: The Euro­pean Union (EU) will provide €60 million for improving nutrition in Sindh. The EU assistance will also align and actively support the ongoing ‘Accelerated Action Plan for the Reduction of Stunting and Malnutrition’ in the province.

An agreement to this effect was signed on Friday by the EU Ambassador in Pakistan, Jean-Francois Cautain, and Economic Affairs Division Secretary Shahid Mahmood. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was also present at the event.

23 Jul 2017 description

Update on assisted voluntary repatriation to Afghanistan

  • 2,639 refugee returnees were assisted upon their arrival in Afghanistan from 8th to 14th July.

  • Majority of refugees are coming from Pakistan (36,914) and smaller numbers from Iran (376) and other countries (94).

  • 26.9% of returnees intended to return to Kabul Province while 20% plan to return to Nangarhar Province, followed by Logar Province with 10.5% destination of return.

23 Jul 2017 description

In June 2017, UNHCR facilitated the return to Afghanistan of a total of 2,207 Afghan refugees, including 2,161 from Pakistan, 27 from Iran and 19 from other countries. This figure is 89% lower than the total number of returnees in May, largely due to the Ramadan period, during which refugees are generally less inclined to return. The UNHCR facilitated return programme was temporarily suspended from 25-27 June 2017 due to Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. Returns are expected to increase in the month of July and onward.

23 Jul 2017 description

Border controls prevented Afghan students from attending school here. But a special ID card has made it possible again.

ALI AKBAR

For years, eager students from Afghanistan have crossed the border into Pakistan each morning to attend school here, returning to their homes every evening.

But that was before Islamabad began to implement tighter controls along the porous Pak-Afghan border to check the cross-border movement of terrorists.

23 Jul 2017 description

Millions of Pakistanis depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. With almost 80 percent of the country’s area consisting of arid or semi-arid land, however, much of Pakistan’s agricultural land is vulnerable to desertification - the process by which arable land becomes desert due to drought, deforestation, inappropriate agricultural practices, the effects of climate change, or a combination of all of these. As Pakistan’s population grows and the effects of climate change take hold, desertification has become a major source of concern for the country’s fragile ecosystem.

22 Jul 2017 description

QUETTA: Four years after the devastating earthquake in Awaran district, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif sent a cheque of Rs132 million to Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri to help 550 graduates and interns from the district.

During his visit to Awaran following the earthquake in 2013, the Punjab chief minister had pledged to help the government of Balochistan in upgrading the Awaran Hos­pi­tal, build a park and offer inte­rnship opportunities for 550 graduates from the district.

22 Jul 2017 description
report AzerNews

Azerbaijan and Pakistan have agreed to establish relations in the field of humanitarian mine clearance as chairman of the Pakistani National Disaster Management Agency Omar Mahmoud Hayat met with director of Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) Gazanfar Ahmadov. The two countries agreed to exchange experience in humanitarian mine clearance operations, Azertac reported.

Ahmadov highlighted ANAMAs activity and international projects, including workshops for local and international experts.

22 Jul 2017 description
  1. Rivers Flow Situation Reported by Flood Forecasting Division. All rivers are flowing at Normal levels except; River Indus at Kalabagh, Chashma & Taunsa, River Kabul at Nowshera and River Ravi at Balloki which are at Low Level. Details at Annex A.

21 Jul 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Duniya Aslam Khan – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the pilot launched this week of the Pakistan government’s programme to register undocumented Afghans living in the country, currently estimated between 600,000 to one million.

This significant step will help regularize the stay for many Afghans at a time when return to their home country may not be possible.

21 Jul 2017 description

In this edition:

  • IOM’s FAP Continues to Help Families Reunite in Germany
  • Kitting out the Turkish National Police and Coast Guard
  • IOM Integration Programmes Build the Basis for Independent Lives
  • Psychosocial Support Certificate Programme in Turkey Aids War-affected Communities
  • Boosting Refugee Access to Health Centres along TurkishSyrian Border

€ 20 Million EU Project Supports Turkish Coast Guard to Save More Migrant Lives

21 Jul 2017 description
infographic Danish Refugee Council

A snapshot of the latest data, trends, and analysis of migratory flows and protection issues faced by people on the move in and out of Turkey

21 Jul 2017 description

Continued heavy rainfall causes ooding in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

  2. Repeated weeks of very heavy, above-normal rains have oversaturated the ground in parts of Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan. More heavy rain during the next week is likely to cause further flooding.