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23 Jul 2019 description

Arrivals

This week, 1,169 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 1,365 arrivals but an increase from last year’s 637 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 167, compared to 195 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Some 19,050 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (43%), Iraq (10%) and Syria (10%).

23 Jul 2019 description

By Ben Excell

Every day, 11 unaccompanied children trudge across the border between Afghanistan and Iran.

The line in the sand between the two countries is a dusty collection of sun-bleached buildings and fences. It's also the mid-point of one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.

Thousands of children make that journey every year; some as young as 10 years old. Some never return.

This is the story of that journey and the extraordinary lengths our staff go to, to reunite them with their families.

A DANGEROUS ROAD

23 Jul 2019 description

KABUL – Young people should be at the forefront of preventing and responding to violent extremism, said participants at a UN-backed youth event held in Kabul.

More than 80 youth, government officials, academics and religious scholars, met in Kabul’s District 9 to speak together, share perspectives and find solutions to some of the pressing issues affecting Afghanistan’s young people, including sectarianism, discrimination and violent extremism. Participants underscored the power of young people to shape Afghanistan’s future, as well as overcome its challenges.

23 Jul 2019 description

MASHHAD, 22 July 2019 (IRCS) – Reto Adrian Stocker, Head of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission in Iran, visited the projects in Iran’s eastern province of Khorasan Razavi which are jointly being implemented by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and ICRC.

23 Jul 2019 description

USAID’s Textbook Printing and Distribution Project supported Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education (MoE) to expand access to, and improve the quality of, basic education for school-aged children. Through this project, USAID partnered with the Afghan government to print and distribute 47.7 million ministry-approved textbooks in Pashto, Dari, and English.

23 Jul 2019 description

Floods and flash floods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya cause considerable loss of lives and property, particularly during the monsoon. To address such flood risks and enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities, ICIMOD and its partner organizations have initiated community-based flood early warning systems (CBFEWS). A CBFEWS is an integrated community-managed system of tools and plans that detects and responds to flood emergencies.

23 Jul 2019 description
report BioMed Central

Maria Episkopou, Emilie Venables, Katherine Whitehouse, Christos Eleftherakos, Federica Zamatto, Francisco de Bartolome Gisbert, Nathalie Severy, Declan Barry and Rafael Van den Bergh

Conflict and Health 2019 13:34

https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-019-0218-9 © The Author(s). 2019

Received: 19 February 2019 Accepted: 9 July 2019 Published: 22 July 2019

Abstract

Background

22 Jul 2019 description

In 2019, 252,000 people have been affected by record floods across 28 provinces in Afghanistan. Saidullah and his family were among them.

By Zohal Nasrat

"It was two o'clock at night when someone called telling me that a flood was on its way towards us. Immediately, my family, and 19 other families from our village came out of our houses." says Mr. Saidullah.

22 Jul 2019 description

Spiking summer temperatures in Afghanistan are threatening some 100,000 displaced people sheltering on the outskirts of the city of Herat. At the same time, humanitarian assistance is being reduced and stores of water are running out.

22 Jul 2019 description

In Numbers

30,120 people assisted in June 2019

278 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 171,098 cash-based transfers made

US$ 0.3 m six months (July–December 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• In June, WFP successfully reached 30,120 refugees as per target. This number includes approximately 8,434 women, 8,434 men, 6,325 girls, and 6,927 boys. The people assisted received a total cash transfer value of USD 171,098 and 278 mt of fortified wheat flour.

22 Jul 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As Afghanistan is recovering from the worst drought in a decade, people in Afghanistan have high hopes for the next harvest season.

  • Natural disasters in 2019 severely damaged or destroyed 24,653 homes in 32 provinces, affecting 292,525 people.

  • Attacks on schools tripled between 2017 and 2018 in the first increase in attacks since 2015.

  • Healthcare out of reach for many people in Afghanistan as nearly a third of the population needs to travel more than 5 km to receive health services.

22 Jul 2019 description

Genève - Aujourd’hui (19 juillet), l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations publie les Grandes lignes sur le retour et la réintégration 2018, qui donne les tendances et les chiffres - ainsi que des initiatives clés - sur le nombre de migrants aidés au retour volontaire vers leurs pays d’origine ainsi que sur les efforts que l’OIM a accomplis pour aider et réintégrer ces rapatriés dans leurs communautés au cours de l’année écoulée.

22 Jul 2019 description

Following the issuance of a press release, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) hereby addresses all parties involved in the war, during a joint press conference held today in Kabul at the office of Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR) and urges them to stop violation of the International Humanitarian Law and human rights laws as soon as possible.

21 Jul 2019 description
report UN News Service

The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard.

21 Jul 2019 description

May, 2019 - after Kandahar, another infectious disease ward construction is complete in Jawzjan Province by MoPH with support of WHO Afghanistan. Dedicated wards to hinder infections from spreading are vital in hospitals. Afghanistan has a high volume of patients with transferable diseases both infectious and communicable diseases and outbreaks.

Infectious disease wards are very vital in Afghanistan, where communicable diseases account for 60% of all outpatients’ visits and more than half of all deaths in the country.

21 Jul 2019 description

Natural disaster Assessment and Response Update: Kunar:

As per the initial report from ANDMA; Two families were affected and unknown number of families were displaced due to Kunar river water overflow in Sarkanow district on 11 July. ANDMA distributed NFIs and food items and IMC distributed family tent to two affected families while a join team consisted of IOM, IMC, WFP and ANDMA will initiate assessment of the affected area.

Badakhshan:

21 Jul 2019 description
report World Bank

Afghanistan Facing Strong Headwinds to Growth, World Bank says

Kabul, July 21, 2019 – Afghanistan’s economy grew by around two percent in 2018 despite progress in economic policies, likely leading to further increases in poverty and deterioration in living standards, according to the World Bank’s recent Afghanistan Development Update.