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31 Jul 2003 description

ISLAMABAD, 31 July (IRIN) - Afghanistan is expected to harvest its richest wheat crop in two decades, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced this week, but malnutrition remains widespread and the long-term outlook is not guaranteed.

31 Jul 2003 description

TURKMENABAD, 30 July (IRIN) - Rana is an Afghan refugee from the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. She has been living in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, since 1990 when her husband, a prominent Communist Party member, fled the advancing mujahidin. She runs a small shop which generates a meagre income, and has become fairly integrated into Turkmen life.

31 Jul 2003 description

Report was posted on the Afghanistan Information Management Service (AIMS) website

31 Jul 2003 description

In July, WFP distributed 15,495 MT of food to 1.8 million beneficiaries.
WFP reached 76 percent more beneficiaries than the one million planned, due to considerable increase in the number of school feeding beneficiaries and assistance provided to Afghans affected by natural disasters. Food for work projects that were expected to come to a virtual halt during the harvest were required as an intervention in food insecure areas, particularly where the harvest was insufficient.

31 Jul 2003 description

Food aid in Afghanistan

By Christine Bousquet, Charlotte Dufour, François Grünewald, Hugues Maury, Groupe Urgence Réhabilitation Dévelopement (URD)

The Quality Project is an operational research programme implemented by Groupe URD in partnership with a network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and researchers, and involving a team of specialists in public health, nutrition, habitat/shelter, food security, international humanitarian law, and quality assurance.

31 Jul 2003 description

By Emmanuelle Lurqin

Emmanuelle is a paediatric nurse and since 2000, has worked with MSF Belgium on nutrition programmes in Angola, Burundi, and Afghanistan. She is currently working with MSF Belgium in the Ivory Coast.

During 2002, the author spent nine months in Faryab province, Afghanistan working as a nurse with MSF Belgium on the nutrition programme. This article describes her experiences in ambulatory care of severely malnourished children.

Faryab province is in a remote and poor area in the north of Afghanistan.

31 Jul 2003 description

Germany's LTU airline on 5 August will begin a direct flight between Duesseldorf and Kabul, ddp reported on 30 July. LTU will have one flight a week, every Tuesday. According to the airline, the route will enable many relief organizations and cargo flights to reach Afghanistan more quickly. AT

31 Jul 2003 description
report Singapore Red Cross

Refugees flee Afghanistan in search of safety, food and shelter. Afghan refugees who have been fleeing to neighboring Pakistan since the Soviet occupation in the 1970s are housed in various camps along the Afghan-Pakistan border, with each camp housing approximately 5,000 people. Conditions in the camps are Spartan, with only basic amenities. While there is safety and shelter, obtaining food is difficult in view of the harsh climatic conditions.

31 Jul 2003 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 31 July 2003 - As part of its € 400 million package to Afghanistan for 2003-04, the Commission has adopted a proposal to finance a Third Reconstruction Programme for Afghanistan with a total budget of €79.5 million. The programme reflects the Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme adopted by the Commission in February 2003. It is also fully in line with the development priorities of the Afghan Transitional Authority and will guarantee the Commission's ongoing financial assistance to the socio-political and economic rebuilding of Afghanistan.

31 Jul 2003 description

This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Afghanistan, (3) Pakistan

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

C) West Africa: (1) Mauritania, (2) Guinea, (3) Sierra Leone, (4) Liberia

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

E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea

F) Latin America and the Caribbean: (1) Guatemala

30 Jul 2003 description

Strengthening the Government

Program Goals

- Support the Bonn process: the Constitutional, Human Rights, and Judicial Commissions; the June 2004 elections; and a free and independent media.

- Improve government access to revenue (e.g., customs).

- Build capacity to carry out other legitimate government functions and support; reconstruction of health, judicial, education, economic, agricultural and transportation infrastructure.

Recent Progress:

US advisors assisted the Afghan government in the following efforts:

30 Jul 2003 description

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 30 (UNHCR) - In a departure from the usual "go and see" visit, the UN refugee agency has organised a "come and talk" mission by Afghan elders from the Mangal tribe, who recently visited their refugee counterparts in Pakistan to tell them more about conditions at home.

30 Jul 2003 description

GENEVA, July 29 (UNHCR) - More than 300,000 Afghan refugees have returned home this year with support from the UN refugee agency, a spokesman said Tuesday. Including spontaneous returns from Iran, the number of Afghans back in their homeland so far this year now stands at more than 355,000.

30 Jul 2003 description

The security situation was relatively quiet in the southern provinces. Road missions were cleared to Panjwayi and Khakrez districts in Kandahar province without armed police escorts (APE).

The eastern provinces remained volatile due to increased security concerns over the reporting period, including a massive fire in Jalal Abad, rocket and remote device explosions.

In Kabul, several improvised explosive devises were found inside the city, (two detonating) with no casualties.