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Salvation Army in Pakistan continues to care for Afghan refugees

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After consultation with the Pakistan Government, and with the support of International Headquarters, The Salvation Army has purchased two large walled compounds in Peshawar from which to serve the immediate needs of Afghan refugee families living outside formal refugee camps. Peshawar is located about 20 km east of the Khyber Pass and the Afghan border. It is the area containing the highest number of Afghan refugees, approximately three million.
Commissioner Shaw Clifton (Territorial Commander, Pakistan, at the time of this report) states that hundreds of
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UNHCR briefing notes: Afghanistan / Pakistan, Liberia/Sierra Leone

Kris Janowski - Media Relations
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

1) Afghanistan/Pakistan

UNHCR today kicked off the assisted repatriation of Afghans back to their homeland. Today's operation is still underway, and some 120 persons already departed this morning on their hired trucks from our centre at Takhtabaig, near Peshawar, Pakistan.

We expect the number of Afghans seeking repatriation assistance from UNHCR to increase rapidly over the coming

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WFP Emergency Report No. 09 of 2002

This report includes:
(A) Eastern and Southern Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Zimbabwe

(B) Central Africa Region: (1) Angola, (2) Democratic Republic of Congo

(C) West Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Liberia, (3) Sierra Leone

(D) Latin America and Caribbean Region: (1) Colombia, (2) Bolivia, (3) Guatemala

(E) Asia Region: (1) Sri Lanka

(F) West and Central Asia region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Afghanistan, (3) Pakistan, (3) Tajikistan

(G) Eastern Europe Region: (1) Georgia

From Francesco Strippoli, Director of

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DR Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Republic of Congo: Polio eradication campaign appeal No. 07/02


THIS APPEAL SEEKS CHF 1,086,9000 (USD 636,571 OR EUR 735, 600) IN CASH, KIND AND SERVICES TO ASSIST APPROXIMATELY 5.9 MILLION BENEFICIARIES FOR 9 MONTHS
The Situation

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Afghanistan: Major repatriation drive begins

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PESHAWAR, 1 March (IRIN) - A major campaign to voluntarily repatriate millions of Afghans began in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) on Friday. First off his truck to register for the assistance package was father of five, Baz Mohammad. "It's time for a fresh start for my country," the 65-year-old watchmaker from Kabul told IRIN. "Now that there is peace in Afghanistan, why should I stay here?" he exclaimed.
Welcome words to UNHCR staff at the Takhtabaig voluntary repatriation centre (VRC), 16 km west of the provincial
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Central Asia Region - Complex emergency situation report #22 (FY 2002)

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
CENTRAL ASIA TASK FORCE

Note: this Situation Report updates previous Central Asia Task Force Situation Reports and Fact Sheets.

Background

Prior to September 2001, two decades of war in Afghanistan, including a decade-long Soviet occupation and ensuing civil strife, left Afghanistan impoverished and mired in an extended humanitarian crisis. Government infrastructure, including the ability to deliver

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New challenge for Afghan logistic operation

WFP has so far successfully averted a famine in Afghanistan but, like the humanitarian crisis, the Agency's massive logistics operation continues.
Its latest, and perhaps toughest, challenge is to seek out isolated pockets of extreme hunger in the Afghan mountains.

After delivering an unprecedented amount of food aid into Afghanistan, WFP's massive logistics operation is facing perhaps its biggest challenge: pinpointing and providing for pockets of extreme hunger and poverty.

Over the next three months, the Agency

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Central Asia: IRIN Weekly Round-up 47 covering the period 23 Feb - 01 Mar 2002

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UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
AFGHANISTAN: Interview with Kenzo Oshima, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator

Kenzo Oshima, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday called for an uninterrupted transition from relief, to recovery and reconstruction in Afghanistan. In an interview with IRIN in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Oshima underlined the need for strong international and

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Afghans heading home, but warily

By Scott Peterson, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

MASLACH CAMP, AFGHANISTAN - Hope would seem an unlikely guest at this muddy, crude refugee camp in western Afghanistan.

But for Timor Shah and his family - among a sea of Afghans forced by three years of drought to live here - the expectation of a better life back in their prewar homes is starting to grow.

"I am an optimist," Mr. Shah says, as his wife and children make bread and warm themselves around a homemade pit oven. "If we receive food and seeds by planting time, we can go back home."

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UNHCR Afghanistan humanitarian update No. 55

At a Glance:
  • First repatriation registration center to open Friday
  • UNHCR pre-positions repatriation assistance
  • Influx into Pakistan eases
First repatriation registration center to open Friday

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will open Friday a facility that will register Afghan refugees in Pakistan under a UNHCR program to assist an expected increase in returns to Afghanistan since the establishment of a new government in Kabul.

Called "Voluntary Repatriation Center,"

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Afghanistan humanitarian update 01- 28 Feb 2002

OVERVIEW
There is optimism about the future in Afghanistan at the moment but this is tempered by the realization that there is a lot to achieve before peace, security and sustainable livelihoods is guaranteed for the population. The positive political developments and the international goodwill to support Afghanistan during this transition period are providing a basis from which to address the rehabilitation and emergency needs of hundreds of thousands who are displaced, those seeking asylum and those who have suffered years of drought, conflict and human
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Health care on the move in Pakistan

By Naheed Malik, Pakistan Red Crescent, in Islamabad
Tarwal is a tiny village near the town of Qila Saifullah in Pakistan's Baluchistan province. It is one of forty involved in a highly successful mobile health care programme run by the Pakistan Red Crescent with support from the Federation. The headman helps run awareness sessions for men of the village, instructing them in the collection and storage of water and how unsafe water can spread disease.

Originally funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), the project began at the end of 2000 to

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Rhetoric vs. reality - providing education in Afghanistan

Advocates Michelle Brown and Veronika Martin recently returned from a three-week mission to Pakistan and Afghanistan where they assessed the variety of educational opportunities available to girls in both countries. During the past 23 years of war, the education system in Afghanistan has been devastated. While the Taliban were in power, only a small number of children, about 300,000, had access to NGO-sponsored schools in Afghanistan. Most girls attended secret schools, and most boys were only allowed to study in religious schools. Now girls in Afghanistan
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UNHCR briefing notes: Central Africa, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sierra Leone/Liberia

Kris Janowski - Media Relations
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

1) High Commissioner's Central Africa trip

High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers on Monday arrived in the Republic of Congo capital, Brazzaville, on the second leg of his Africa mission. He is scheduled to meet senior government officials as well as Congolese refugees living in remote northern areas of the Oubangui River which separates both Congos.

Earlier on Monday, authorities in neighbouring

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Afghan refugees mistreated in exile, but afraid to go home

(New York, February 26, 2001) -- With repatriation from Pakistan and Iran slated to begin this week, many Afghan refugees are afraid to return to Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
In the , (in PDF* format) Human Rights Watch called for implementing any repatriation program with extreme caution while conditions in Afghanistan remain unsafe, and for ending harassment and violence against refugees in Iran and Pakistan.

"While many Afghan refugees want to go home, there are others who are terrified of returning at this time,"

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A new view of food security in Afghanistan: Strategies for the reconstruction process

Drought has caused more than one million Afghans to abandon their homes during the last two years. Refugees International has been closely following the drought and its repercussions. Last month, RI's Larry Thompson and Michelle Brown were in Afghanistan and filed an extensive report on January 30, 2002 (Afghanistan: Drought Adds to Problems)
Last week, Refugees International intern Kim Hedge attended a presentation at InterAction by Sue Lautze that focused
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New refugee flows from Afghanistan highlight lack of security

A new wave of flight from Afghanistan highlights the lack of security there. Nearly 20,000 Afghan refugees are waiting to get into Pakistan, and many more are on the way, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). So far this year, more than 50,000 Afghans have fled to Pakistan. They are trying to escape crime and fighting in their villages that are interfering
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Children in Afghan refugee camps to receive basic education supplies

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AED Hopes 40,000 Kits Will Help Prepare Children for School
Washington, D.C., (Feb. 25, 2002) - One of the nation's leading educational development organizations will distribute 40,000 kits containing basic school supplies and a couple of toys to Afghan families in UNHCR refugee camps along the Pakistan border starting this week.

The Academy for Educational Development expects to distribute the locally made kits in the three newest camps around Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province beginning March 2. Distribution

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Afghanistan: UK assistance

Introduction

The document, from DFID's Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department, provides an overview of the current situation as regards UK assistance for Afghanistan.

Before 11 September 2001

Between 1997 and September 2001, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) provided over £32 million to the people of Afghanistan for emergency food, shelter, healthcare and water supplies, as well as support for agriculture, mines clearance, education, monitoring and advocacy in relation to human rights, and coordination.

Assistance was channelled through a range

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Central Asia: IRIN Weekly Round-up 46 covering the period 16 - 22 Feb 2002

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UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
AFGHANISTAN: Aid worker attacked

With the Afghan capital Kabul suffering a series of security breakdowns, an aid worker for UNICEF in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif was shot after four armed men raided his house over the weekend, a UN official confirmed to IRIN on Monday. In a separate incident, also in Mazar-e Sharif, a worker for the British-based Focus aid agency was believed to have been abducted on Friday. Afghanistan's

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