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22 May 2018 description

Despite recent attacks, the Taliban has signaled willingness to bend from its hardline past.

By: Johnny Walsh

22 May 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 27,482 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 20 weeks of 2018, with about 38 per cent arriving in both Italy and Greece, with the remainder (23%) arriving in Spain.

This compares with 58,921 arrivals across the region through the same period last year and about 190,977 at this time in 2016.

In other words: Mediterranean arrivals at this point in 2018 are running at under half last year’s level on this date, and less than 15 per cent of 2016’s volume at this point in the year.

22 May 2018 description


This week, 932 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 415 arrivals and from last year’s 454 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 133, compared to 59 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

22 May 2018 description

KANDAHAR - The active participation of young Afghans in democratic processes is essential for creating a more stable, inclusive and peaceful country, said panellists during a UN-backed radio programme focused on elections in the southern province of Kandahar.

The radio programme, which was broadcast by Zma Radio to an audience estimated at 400,000 listeners in and around Kandahar’s capital, outlined practical ways to empower young Afghans in the country’s political and social life, including by registering to vote in the upcoming elections.

22 May 2018 description


In Afghanistan, there are separate schools for girls and boys and it is estimated that only 16% of schools are for girls. Many rural and displaced girls are unable to attend school regularly. There are no specific menstrual hygiene management (MHM) policies; however, gender-separated toilets are the norm and girls’ washrooms have been incorporated into designs. O&M remains a huge problem. Poor security complicates matters.

22 May 2018 description
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There is increasing recognition that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is a multi-sectoral issue that requires integrated action, particularly from the education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors.

Numerous studies have shown that the lack of MHM-friendly facilities and support for schoolgirls and female teachers is a barrier to their full participation in school and thus to quality education.

22 May 2018 description


837 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

21,051 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

14,574 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

284,727 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018

94% of returnees from Pakistan (784 individuals) assisted

4% of returnees from Iran (911 individuals) assisted

22 May 2018 description

Key issues in the past week:

• Fighting in Baghlan and Ghazni provinces temporarily displaced more than 20,000 people.

• Flash floods in seven provinces affected more than 16,000 people.

• 13,000 people affected by the drought, flash floods or an earthquake received assistance.

• Health facilities in two districts of Uruzgan have been closed for two weeks due to active conflict.

27,000 New IDPs reported in the past week

42,000 People assisted in the past week

22 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Afghan officials say unidentified insurgents have killed five mine disposal technicians and kidnapped one of the workers.

The attack happened Monday morning is southern Kandahar province.

A spokesman for the provincial police chief said the deminers were clearing an area for the multi-billion dollar TAPI pipeline project.

Earlier this year, the Taliban promised to cooperate with the project because of its importance for the country and has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

22 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• In April, UNICEF signed key partnerships with the central and local authoritiesto provide refugee children with protection services, ensure the rights of children in contact with the law, and expand targeted socioeconomic, educational and psycho-social services for child workers.

21 May 2018 description

Last year's record opium production in Afghanistan threatens sustainable development, latest survey reveals

21 May 2018 - In 2017, opium cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high with an estimated 328,000 hectares, up 63 per cent compared with 201,000 hectares in 2016.

21 May 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Attacks targeting civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified. The United Nations maintains that all parties to the conflict must at all times uphold their obligations to protect civilians from harm.

21 May 2018 description


In 2017, there were at least 701 attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients, and ambulances in 23 countries in conflict around the world. More than 101 health workers and 293 patients and others are reported to have died as a result of these attacks

21 May 2018 description


The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is a system that tracks and monitors displacement and population mobility. It is designed to regularly and systematically capture, process and disseminate information to provide a better understanding of the movements and evolving needs of displaced populations, whether on site or en route. For more information about the DTM, please visit www.displacement.iom.int/afghanistan.