The Afghanistan HCT—comprising UN, international organization, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) representatives—releases Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for 2015
USAID supports winter preparedness and response activities
USAID/FFP provides 26,100 metric tons (MT) of emergency food assistance
USAID/FFP commits $30 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to support food assistance activities in Pakistan
USAID/OFDA responds to humanitarian needs in NWA through the Responding to Pakistan’s Internally Displaced (RAPID) fund
Poliovirus vaccination campaigns target previously inaccessible areas of FATA
Conflict-induced displacement in Kunar
Shelter response 83 % completed
Humanitarian access in Helmand
In this issue
Scores displaced in Kunar P.1 Humanitarians respond to winter P.2 Mission to Daykundi P.3 Humanitarian access P.5
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Wednesday said that the repatriation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan will start from Feb 15.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the minister said that the process of repatriation and rehabilitation of two million IDPs will be completed within a year and that the government requires Rs100 billion for the same.
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
Report by the Secretariat
North Waziristan Dispclment :
- In total, 35,382 children (girls: 12,556, boys: 22,860) benefited under Education in Emergencies program.
Complex Emergency in KP FATA :
By December 2014, Cluster members provided education services to 33,345 children (17,693 girls) in camps, host communities and in areas of return.
Cluster members trained 2,063 PTC/TIJ members (995 females) and 984 teachers (477 female) to improve their capacity on various topics.
By M Ilyas Khan
BBC News, Islamabad
Pakistan has yet to report a new case of polio in 2015 - but officials are keeping their fingers crossed nonetheless.
In recent years the Taliban have banned vaccinations in areas under their control, while scores of health workers or policemen guarding vaccine campaigns have been shot dead by gunmen.
Read the story on the BBC
Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.
Update includes the following:
ERF supports NWA response
The new contribution from the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (SIDA) in August 2014 enabled the Pakistan Emergency Response Fund (ERF) to fund response activities to displaced persons from North Waziristan Agency (NWA).
ERF allocated US$3.5 million to 26 projects in Bannu, DI Khan, Karrak and Lakki Marwat.
1. PRCS Initial Response
a. PRCS relief operation commenced on 22nd June with initial response as under:-
(1) Cooked rice to approx. 23000 TDPs
(2) Health care to 1,690 TDPs through deployment of 4 x Mobile Health Units
(3) Deployment of 05 Ambulances
(4) Provision of 22,000 liters of clean Drinking Water
As part of the returns planning matrix, the protection cluster was asked by the Return Task Force (RTF) on 17 December 2014, to conduct a Return Intention Survey (RIS) among the 5 tribes of the de - notified areas of Shalobar, Aka Khel,
Kamar Khel, Malik Din Khel and Sto ri Khel in the Bara Tehsil (Kajhoori Plain) of Khyber Agency.
In an effort to combat malnutrition, the United States contributed an additional $34 million to the World Food Program (WFP), which will provide food rations for the next four months to 3.2 million Pakistanis, including 1.63 million Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). This new commitment by the United States will enable the WFP to transform approximately 71,000 metric tons of wheat, donated by the Government of Pakistan, into fortified flour.
The ongoing conflict triggered large-scale displacement of civilians in 2014. With almost a million people affected, it is the largest displacement from the tribal areas since the security forces launched operations in the tribal borderlands.
More than a decade after militancy hit Pakistan, the federal government, instead of sending the IDPs back to their homes, only changed their nomenclature in 2014. On the advice of the Foreign Office, all agencies and departments were asked to refer to IDPs as TDPs (Temporarily Dislocated Persons). Needless to say, it changed nothing.
By Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, India, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Thousands of Indians have fled from their homes as fighting between India and Pakistan spread along a 200-km (124 mile) stretch of the border in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Tension between the nuclear-armed rivals has risen since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called off peace talks in August and clashes along stretches of their border have been erupting intermittently since October.
Read the full report on AlertNet.
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