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Kabul, Afghanistan - One hundred and two young Afghan women graduated today from USAID's Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) Microfinance Institute Training (MFI) program. The women are part of the program's second apprenticeship session, which now includes 177 graduates. Implemented by the Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA), the program equips women with technical and managerial skills needed to secure jobs in the banking and microfinance sectors.

27 Nov 2018 description
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Geneva, November 27 – With twice as many UN-verified attacks on education in Afghanistan in the first half of 2018 than during the whole of 2017—and, the number of out-of- school children on the rise for the first time since 2002, according to an inter-agency study*—urgent action is needed to prevent more Afghan children from being excluded from the education system, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) is warning today in a new briefing paper

27 Nov 2018 description
  • On 14 November, a young man from Syria died in the hospital in Belgrade despite receiving all possible treatment, as reportedly he had not been able to properly treat an injury sustained on the way to Serbia, resulting in major complications. This is yet another example illustrating the dangers of the current situation of mixed movements of people.
27 Nov 2018 description

Key issues in the past week:

  • Humanitarian actors are facing increasing demands of illegal taxation by NSAGs.

  • The security situation in Malistan and Juguri of Ghazni province has improved. However, some local residents feel traumatized by the recent conflict.

  • A total of 301,000 people have been verified as having been displaced by conflict in 2018.

***Countrywide conflict displacement**

27 Nov 2018 description

INTRODUCTION: HARROWING JOURNEYS AND UNSPEAKABLE SUFFERING

Protracted violent conflicts, devastating climate events, entrenched economic inequality, relentless persecution and crime, and other complex problems with no easy solutions drive millions of people every year to go in search of a safer and more dignified life. Among them are children, some with their families, but many without.

These children face harrowing journeys and risk unspeakable suffering.

26 Nov 2018 description

Arrivals

This week, 717 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 267 arrivals but a decrease from last year’s 805 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 102, compared to 38 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Nearly 16,500 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (33%), Iraq (18%) and Syria (13%).

26 Nov 2018 description

By UNHCR staff in Dasht-e Tarakhil, Afghanistan

UNHCR and its partners are helping returnees to access basic services, land and jobs; however, further international support is needed.

26 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

272 mt of food assistance distributed

US$189,442 cash-based transfers made

US$0.7 m six months (December 2018 – May 2019) net funding requirements

29,992 people assisted in October 2018

Operational Updates

• In October, WFP successfully reached 29,992 refugees as per the target. This number includes approximately 8,398 women, 8,398 men, and 6,298 girls, and 6,898 boys. The people assisted received a total cash transfer value of USD 189,442 and 272 mt of fortified wheat flour entitlements.

26 Nov 2018 description

Excellencies,

Distinguished Colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Afghan delegation, I am honoured to present Afghanistan’s achievements and challenges in fulfilling its commitments under Article Five of the Convention.

Afghanistan remains one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world. 3,451 minefields, covering 687 square kilometres remain contaminated and continue to affect 1,506 communities, 254 districts, in 33 out of 34 provinces of the country.

26 Nov 2018 description

BACKGROUND

The Community‐Based Protection and Urban Outreach Strategy (2017‐2019) for Refugees in Pakistan was endorsed in July 2017. The overall goal of the strategy is for refugees living in Pakistan to be empowered and their resilient capacity strengthened, enabling them to minimize their exposure to protection risks and improve their overall protection environment, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.

The four key priorities of the strategy covers:

26 Nov 2018 description

BAMYAN - Community elders, civil society activists, religious scholars and media representatives in the central highlands province gathered at a UN-backed symposium to strategize on ways to promote social cohesion, both locally and nationally, in the interest of advancing peace.

More than 20 community leaders attended the event, organized by UNAMA’s Bamyan regional office, to exchange ideas about the main factors affecting social cohesion in the province and across Afghanistan, and to chart out possible next steps toward peace.

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Key findings

Nine Advice and Legal Aid Centres (ALAC) are operational in the main refugeehosting areas of four provinces and provide free legal support to persons of concern: four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in Sindh and three in Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory through partnership agreements with SHARP and one in Balochistan run by SEHER.

26 Nov 2018 description

Overview of Voluntary Repatriation from Pakistan to Afghanistan

UNHCR facilitates the Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan refugees as part of its mandate to provide durable solutions. UNHCR’s Voluntary repatriation program begins in March and ends in November every year.

26 Nov 2018 description

Overview

The Proof of Registration (PoR) card is an important protection tool that is issued by Government of Pakistan and provides temporary legal stay and freedom of movement for the 1.39 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The PoR cards expired at the end of 2015 have been extended through official notification until 30 June 2019*.

26 Nov 2018 description

*13,399 Afghan registered refugees (PoR cardholders) repatriated to Afghanistan from 1 March – 31 October 2018.

22,364 Afghan refugee births registered from 1 January – 31 October 2018.

83,328 IDP individuals (13,888 families) returned to their areas of origin in Pakistan since 1 January 2018.

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