Afghanistan Weekly Field Report | Week of 10 July – 16 July 2017

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 16 Jul 2017

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

This year, more than 163,300 people were driven from their homes due to conflict across the country. This is 19 per cent less in comparison to the same period in the previous year, in which 199,500 people were displaced in Afghanistan.

Central: Armed conflict in Kapisa, Nuristan, Laghman, and Shinwari district, Parwan province, have displaced nearly 1,200 people to Parwan and 420 individuals to Panjshir province. Based on assessments, a total of 10,850 people have been displaced in the Central Region since January, nearly 7 per cent of the total displacement country-wide.

Northern/North Eastern: Fighting around Kunduz has reportedly displaced over 6,500 people to Kunduz centre, notably from villages surrounding the city and Aliabad district. Assessments have confirmed 2,471 out of 8,050 as vulnerable conflict IDPs in Kunduz city. 301 people have been displaced in Badakhsan.
Since January, nearly 66,500 displaced people have been assessed in the North and North-eastern Region. They account for 41 per cent of the total displacements country-wide this year.

Eastern: Cross border shelling from Pakistan continued, with 82 mortar rounds reported in three days. Initial reports estimate 1,700 people displaced within Muhmandara and Lalpura districts,
Nangarhar. Assessments in Kunar and Nangarhar confirmed 10,600 out of 15,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. Since January, 23,600 displaced people have been assessed in the Eastern Region. They account for 14 per cent of the total displacements country-wide this year.

Southern: Assessments are planned for some 6,100 people reportedly displaced in Kandarhar/Dand since January and for some 840 people newly displaced in Shajoy district, Zabul. Since January, nearly 37,500 displaced people have been assessed in southern and southeastern provinces, 23 per cent of the total displacements in Afghanistan since January.

Western: In Qala-e-Naw, Baghis, some 341 displaced people were verified from Badghis, Hirat and Logar provinces who had arrived in June. In Chaghcharan, Ghor, some 338 displaced people were verified from Badghis and Ghor who had arrived in June. This year, over 14,700 people have been displaced in the Western Region, based on assessments. They account for 9 per cent of the total of displaced people in Afghanistan since January.

Natural disasters and disease outbreaks

A flash flood in Shaki district, Badakhshan, killed three people and injured 15, according to initial reports. The houses of 20 families were reportedly damaged or destroyed. Flooding of the Kunar River affected 315 people.

Refugees and Returnees

A total of 2,177 undocumented Afghans arrived in Afghanistan from Pakistan from 9 to 15 July, and 7,238 undocumented Afghans arrived from Iran. Returns from Pakistan marked a 5 per cent increase compared to the previous week. In total, almost 73,800 and 178,500 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan and Iran respectively in 2017, according to IOM.
From 9 to 15 July, 2,702 registered refugees returned from Pakistan and 38 from Iran. Since January, nearly 37,900 refugees have returned to Afghanistan, according to UNHCR.

Ongoing Response Activities (please also see page 2)

Central: SI provided cash to 2,785 people in Wardak Province.
WFP distributed food to 1,617 refugees in Paktika. IOM provided emergency household items to 357 natural disaster affected individuals in Khost and Paktika province.

North/North Eastern: ACTED, DACAAR and WFP distributed unconditional cash, WASH items or food to nearly 1,800 displaced people in Kunduz city and to 1,022 people in Baghlan.
In Balkh, 371 IDPs received unconditional cash, emergency household items or food from NRC, SCI and WFP. In Badakhshan, 868 people received cash from ACTED.

Eastern: In Nangarhar province, nearly 2,000 displaced people received cash for food, emergency household items or food from ANDMA, UNICEF/RRD, UNHCR and NRC. ORCD provided health services to 659 undocumented returnees and host community members and SVA distributed food and NFIs to 1,050 people. At Point Zero, IOM Transit Center and UNHCR Encashment Center, UNICEF, AADA, IOM and UNHCR provided Vitamin-A-supplements to 487 children, gave deworming tablets to 344 children and screened 477 children for acute malnutrition. UNFPA through AADA provided emergency health services at Torkham. IMC distributed NFIs to 21 people impacted by natural disasters in Kunar province.

Western: In Chaghcharan, Ghor, ACF provided cash and UNHCR distributed emergency household items and hygiene kits. In Quala-e-Naw, Badghis, NRC provided cash, UNICEF distributed emergency household items and IRC provided hygiene chlorine and conducted hygiene promotions.

Access Constraints and Security Incidents

Overall: Some 174 access related incidents were recorded from January to June 2017 compared to 109 for the same reporting period in 2016. The principal access constraints were violence against humanitarian personnel/assets/facilities registering 41 per cent and interference in the implementation of humanitarian activities registering 34 per cent. The top four provinces were Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Hilmand and Badghis; while the top three districts were Tirinkot, Kabul, Lashkargah and Balamurghab.

Northern/North Eastern: Access to the conflict area in Darzab, Jawjan is proving problematic given the complex conflict between ANSF, TB and Qari Hekmat.

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