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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.

Working with Partners

26 Nov 2018 description

The UK will provide vital food, shelter and clean water to Afghans affected by one of the worst droughts the country has ever faced, Penny Mordaunt announces.

The UK will provide vital food, shelter and clean water to Afghans affected by one of the worst droughts the country has ever faced, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced today (Monday 26 November).

Afghanistan has faced a series of droughts in recent decades, which severely affect harvests and can destroy the livelihoods of farming families.

25 Nov 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Mainland Space Shortage Bars Transfer of Vulnerable People

(Brussels) – The already dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria camp for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos may deteriorate into a full-blown humanitarian disaster as winter approaches unless urgent action is taken, Human Rights Watch said today.

25 Nov 2018 description

During last week (18 – 24 November 2018), 142 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan (119 from Pakistan, 23 from Iran and 0 from other countries)

15,374 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan in 2018, out of which 13,411 from Pakistan, 1,821 from Iran and 142 from other countries (as of 24 November 2018)

This is 73% less compared to the same period in 2017, when 57,886 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan

25 Nov 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Report Card Shows Little Progress on Human Rights

Patricia Gossman
Senior Researcher, Afghanistan
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24 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Farmers in a village in Balkh Province had poor harvests and low earnings as their irrigation system leaked and wasted precious water.

  • Rebuilding a section of the main irrigation canal helped reduce water seepage and increased farmers’ hopes for better harvests.

  • Supported by a grant from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, this project aims to improve agricultural productivity and water efficiency.

23 Nov 2018 description

Afghanistan aims to reach the most vulnerable in Southern and Eastern provinces.

In November, polio vaccination teams across Afghanistan targeted 5.3 million children under the age of five in high-risk provinces. The vaccination campaign came on the heels of several newly reported cases. Afghanistan has 19 documented cases of wild poliovirus in 2018, as of November. Confirmation of even one polio case anywhere signals remaining vaccination coverage gaps which must be filled to achieve eradication.

23 Nov 2018 description

Kabul, 5 November 2018 – Today, polio vaccination teams will visit 5.3 million children under the age of five in 18 high-risk provinces, mainly in South and East provinces. This follows several new cases in both regions. Most recently three polio positive cases have been reported from southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan and the total polio positive cases in this year reaches 19 cases: 9 in Kandahar, 3 in Helmand, 1 in Urozgan, 3 in Kunar, 2 in Nangarhar and 1 in Nuristan.

23 Nov 2018 description

Repatriation of Afghan refugees was 54% less compared to 216 refugees that repatriated between 4 and 10 November 2018. Returns of undocumented Afghans increased, by 52%, compared to 387 individuals that returned in the preceding week.

Some 97% (96 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance, while 87% (513 individuals) of the undocumented Afghan returnees were provided post-arrival assistance.

22 Nov 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan –five wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental samples. Pakistan –one WPV1 positive environmental sample. Papua New Guinea – three cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). DRC- one case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Nigeria – two cases of cVDPV2. Somalia- two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples. See country sections below for more details.

22 Nov 2018 description

Situation Overview

  • Poor precipitation during the winter of 2017/2018 in the mountainous regions of Hindu-Kush is responsible for the severe drought that hit Afghanistan in the first half of 2018, particularly over the northwestern regions. These semi-arid/arid areas rely heavily on rain and melted snow flowing from the mountains for the majority of their water resources. As most of Western Afghanistan does not receive any precipitation between June and October, the lack of it in earlier months compromises water supply for the rest of the year.

22 Nov 2018 description
report ACTED

By introducing viable alternative approaches to the cultivation and processing of oilseed crops, ACTED, with funding from UNODC, is working to improve the livelihoods of 100 vulnerable farmers in three northern provinces of Afghanistan.

Need for a higher harvest

22 Nov 2018 description

Highlights

721,276 total returns from Iran and Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

691,637 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018

29,639 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

28,360 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

587 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

2% of returnees from Iran (585 individuals) assisted

87% of returnees from Pakistan (513 individuals) assisted