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12 Dec 2003 description

The United States plans to up its civilian aid to Afghanistan by "robust numbers," according to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, the "Financial Times" reported 11 December. "We'll have a very robust request [to Congress] that hasn't been made public yet," Armitage in an interview with the paper. "You've got $1.5 billion on the table now, which we are spending.

12 Dec 2003 description

Afghanistan's Soviet-era guerrillas will control a majority at the constitutional loya jirga, scheduled to open this weekend.

By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- Afghanistan's constitutional convention, scheduled to start Saturday, was supposed to be a break from the feuds of the past, a made-for-TV demonstration that the war-torn country had united around a blueprint for democracy.

Now a coalition of powerful guerrilla commanders is poised to wrest control of the proceedings and redraft the new Afghan constitution …

12 Dec 2003 description

NATO-led troops are currently assisting the Afghan Ministry of Defence in the removal of heavy weapons from the Pansjher Valley to a government storage site near Kabul.

12 Dec 2003 description


This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Palestinian Territories, (2) Iraq, (3) Iran, (4) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Tanzania, (5) Uganda, (6) Sudan, (7) Eritrea, (8) Ethiopia

C) West Africa: (1) Guinea Bissau, (2) Liberia, (3) Côte d'Ivoire

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Tanzania, (8) Mozambique, (9) Swaziland, (10) Lesotho, (11) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea

12 Dec 2003 description

Data source: AIMS, UNJLC, USAID/OFDA estimate extrapolated by Afghanistan Central Statistical Office figures and drawn from IMF and World Bank reports

12 Dec 2003 description

ISLAMABAD, 12 December (IRIN) - Just over 10,000 Afghan refugees sheltered in a remote refugee camp in the Khyber Agency, about 70 km from Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), are to be offered a choice between repatriation and or relocation to another camp in Pakistan by March, according to an official of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) official.

12 Dec 2003 description

[This article is part of an IRIN web special on the issue of child soldiers published today. In addition to this story, the web special includes a special report on the issue of child soldiers, other country-specific features, background documents and links to resources available for further reading on the Internet. To access the web special please go to: www.IRINnews.org/webspecials/childsoldiers/]

12 Dec 2003 description

[This article is part of an IRIN web special on the issue of child soldiers published today. In addition to this story, the web special includes a special report on the issue of child soldiers, other country-specific features, background documents and links to resources available for further reading on the Internet. To access the web special please go to: www.IRINnews.org/webspecials/childsoldiers/]

11 Dec 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund

KABUL, 11 December 2003, -- Following the announcement yesterday that six children were killed as the result of Coalition military activities in Gardez on Friday 5 December, the Afghanistan Country Office of the United Nations Children's Fund has released the following statement :

11 Dec 2003 description

Mr. Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, held a press conference on 11 December at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the new challenges and security issues.

11 Dec 2003 description
report Première Urgence

Le 17 novembre dernier, une expatriée du HCR a été assassinée par deux talibans, dans le sud du pays. Cet événement paralyse avec raison la communauté humanitaire ; mais il n'altère en rien la détermination de Première Urgence, dont la principale préoccupation reste de pouvoir venir en aide aux populations locales.

11 Dec 2003 description

KABUL, Dec 11 (UNHCR) - Despite security constraints in parts of Afghanistan, the UN refugee agency is continuing its efforts to prepare Afghan returnees and internally displaced people for the coming winter.

11 Dec 2003 description


I. SITUATION UPDATE
In the north, withdrawal of heavy weapons to two cantonment sites continues. UN missions to Chimtal district in Balkh province, and Sangcharak and Kohistanat districts in Saripul province were suspended.

In the south, security incidents targeting the aid community continued, including attacks on an UNHCR field unit in Nimroz province and a NGO office in Hilmand province, and kidnapping of two Indian contractors in Zabul province. UN missions in southern, southeastern and eastern provinces remained suspended.

11 Dec 2003 description
report ACTED

An emergency winter operation has been launched for the Salang Pass and Tunnel within the framework of the World Bank's Emergency Transport Rehabilitation Project, which aims to fully rehabilitate the Salang road by 2005. Led by the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW), the operation is jointly funded by the World Bank through Louis Berger, LIMAK, and ENTES and by Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) / USAID through ACTED - the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development.

11 Dec 2003 description

POL-E KHOMRI, 11 December (IRIN) - The voices of people yelling "Food food, food, we want our rights," mixed with the din of empty plates and dishes being knocked together rang out from the tiny dark windows of the Pol-e Khomri provincial jail in the northeastern Baghlan Province. When IRIN visited it, the inmates were on hunger strike in protest against insufficient food and poor living conditions in the antiquated and overcrowded facility.

11 Dec 2003 description

KABUL, 11 December (IRIN) - Shafiqah had to spend Wednesday night out on the hillside with her seven children as recent rainfall had washed away the homeless returnee's tent in the Jangalak mountain area of the capital, Kabul. "It is very hard to pass the cold night out here with hungry stomachs," the mother of seven who had returned from neighboring Pakistan told IRIN.

10 Dec 2003 description
report World Vision

With the cold of the approaching winter threatening vulnerable Afghans, a number of humanitarian organisations are reducing their staff, or pulling out of western Afghanistan due to a lack of funding. While some have already departed, others have announced plans to depart before the new year.