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30 Apr 2003 description

South Asia Department

Principal Author: Jouko Sarvi
Supervisors: Frank Polman, Edward Haugh

30 Apr 2003 description

Assessment of CCF's emergency entry program into Afghanistan, its impact on child well-being and protection

Foreword

Protection is an increasingly prominent priority for the humanitarian community. However, despite this development, child protection remains a low priority in most emergencies. The gap in protection is unacceptable since children typically comprise half the population in emergency situations.

30 Apr 2003 description

To achieve food security, improved nutrition and higher incomes, Afghan farming families need up-to-date information on how to improve their operations. More than 80% of Afghan livelihoods are derived from agriculture. Two decades of conflict have left Interview with a Kabul dairy producer Afghan farming families far behind in new technologies, varieties, and methods.

30 Apr 2003 description
report Direct Relief

Recipient: Mecroryan Medical Clinic
Shipment Number: 3437
Shipment Date: 4/3/2003
Value: $21,655

30 Apr 2003 description

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Office of Transition Initiatives

30 Apr 2003 description

An investigation of the feasibility of an ENN research workshop


Pilot study report

By Marie McGrath, Jeremy Shoham, Fiona O'Reilly

30 Apr 2003 description

Q & A With Pierre Salignon, Program Director for MSF

30 Apr 2003 description

ATTOCK, Pakistan, April 30 (UNHCR) - It is hard to pick up the threads after years away from home. But a group of Afghan refugees are determined to try, leaving their carpet-weaving jobs in Pakistan to return to Afghanistan.

30 Apr 2003 description

Launched on: 01 March, 2002 for 9 months for CHF 1,086,000 from some 5.9 million beneficiaries.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: N/A

30 Apr 2003 description


Briefly...
In comparison to the quick and successful U.S. military campaign to oust the Taliban, the political task of creating a stable and secure democratic state in Afghanistan is proving much more difficult. There are some hopeful signs since January 2003 with sections of President Hamid Karzai's government apparatus becoming more functional. But the central government continues to be severely hampered in the absence of adequate funds, security structures, and infrastructure.

30 Apr 2003 description

The State Department announced an additional $10 million U.S. contribution to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) April 30. This new pledge brings total U.S. support to the world's leading refugee agency to almost $170 million in 2003.

UNHCR is providing assistance to almost 20 million refugees around the world during the first months of 2003.

Following is the text from the State Department:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman

30 Apr 2003 description


I. SITUATION UPDATE
In the north, fighting broke out between local commanders in Khulm district of Balkh province. All UN missions to Khulm district have been suspended. A hand grenade exploded in the compound of the United Nations Office of Drug Control in Jalal Abad, inflicting no casualties. In Jalal Abad, three National Army soldiers were killed and six injured due to a landmine explosion.

In the rest of the country, the security situation remained calm.

II. PROGRAMME UPDATE

29 Apr 2003 description
report Mercy Corps

It wasn't a random act, or an accident. It was a cold-blooded, targeted execution. With guidance by telephone from their Taliban superiors, gunmen pumped twenty shots into International Red Cross worker Ricardo Munguia in southern Afghanistan on March 27. He was a friend and colleague to many relief workers in the region, known for hosting "Spanish nights" and friendly poker games. Munguia is the first international aid worker deliberately murdered in Afghanistan since 1998.

29 Apr 2003 description

Life is hard for the disabled in Afghanistan, where those considered to be unproductive members of society are usually shunted aside. In addition to manufacturing artificial limbs for the disabled and providing them with physiotherapy, the six limb-fitting centres the ICRC runs in the country therefore make every effort to ensure their social reintegration and to give them the means to recover their dignity. The ICRC's main tools in this area are education, vocational training and a micro-credit programme to start up or improve businesses.

29 Apr 2003 description
report Refugee Council

In response to news that the Government is forcibly returning Afghan asylum seekers, Margaret Lally, acting Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:

  • It is far too early for forced returns to Afghanistan when there is very credible evidence that the country is not yet safe. The fact that coalition troops remain in the country is a strong indication in itself that the security situation in Afghanistan continues to be unstable. A climate of impunity exists in many areas and consequently people's protection cannot be guaranteed.

28 Apr 2003 description

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on 27 April that he will announce a formal shift of focus for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan from a "major combat" phase to one of "stability," the "Financial Times" reported on 28 April. Rumsfeld was to make the announcement during his scheduled visit to Afghanistan on 27 April. However, a technical problem with his aircraft forced the postponement of the trip, for which no new date has been announced.