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30 Sep 2003 description

In August of 2003, Mohammad Khan Kharoti, his daughter Sultana (26) and his son Yama (19) traveled to the GVS schools in Sheen Kallay, Afghanistan. Their mission was to help build four new classrooms for the girls' school and a perimeter wall. Sultana and Yama, who were returning to their homeland for the first time in seventeen years, also went to teach English and mathematics, respectively.

30 Sep 2003 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR website, www.unhcr.ch, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

30 Sep 2003 description

Brussels (dpa) - The Kabul-based international security force in Afghanistan must be given an expanded mandate to curb increased inter-factional fighting and violence outside the capital, European Union aid officials said Tuesday.

"The security environment in Afghanistan is deteriorating...a vast majority of people support an expansion of the international force,'' Peter Burgess of the E.U. Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) told reporters.

"Everybody's task would be made easier if the security situation in Afghanistan improves,'' he said.

30 Sep 2003 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council
4835th Meeting (AM)

The restoration of the rule of law was a sine qua non for the sustainable resolution of conflict and the rebuilding of secure, orderly and humane societies, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Security Council this morning as it considered "Justice and the Rule of Law: the role of the United Nations". Too often, he said, the United Nations had failed to give that critical sector the importance it was due.

30 Sep 2003 description
report Direct Relief

Recipient: Mecroryan Medical Clinic
Shipment Number: 3577
Shipment Date: 9/24/2003
Value: $79,068

30 Sep 2003 description

Kabul/Brussels, 30 September 2003: As Afghanistan embarks on an ambitious program to demobilise large numbers commanders and fighters, greater international engagement in the process is essential. This disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DR) process must succeed if the shattered country is ever to achieve an acceptable level of stability.

30 Sep 2003 description

Testimony of Andrew S. Natsios,
USAID Administrator

Before the House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee

Introductory Remarks

Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to speak with you and members of the Committee in support of the President's supplemental request and the U.S. Government's considerable accomplishments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

30 Sep 2003 description

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI
James Darcy
Charles-Antoine Hofmann

29 Sep 2003 description

Opening statement by Mr. Ruud Lubbers UN High Commissioner for Refugees at the Fifty-fourth Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

(Geneva, 29 September 2003)

Mr. Chairman,
Mr. Egeland,
Distinguished Delegates,

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Kabul, 29 September 2003 - ACBAR, an umbrella organization representing over ninety national and international NGOs working in Afghanistan, is shocked and deeply saddened by yet another fatal attack on NGO staff this month. On September 24, staff from VARA, (Voluntary Association for Rehabilitation of Afghanistan), an Afghan NGO, came under direct attack from gunmen traveling in a taxi. The NGO staff were traveling in a pickup van through Helmand province on their way from Delaram to Kandahar.

29 Sep 2003 description

GENEVA - Welcoming Iraq's new Minister for Displacement and Migration to the annual meeting of UNHCR's 64-nation Executive Committee, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers declared Monday that he was ready to work with Iraqi authorities to prepare for the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

28 Sep 2003 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 28 September (IRIN) - Some NGOs in Afghanistan have told IRIN they would meet later this week to reassess their programmes in the south following last Wednesday's fatal attack which killed two men working for the Voluntary Association for the Rehabilitation of Afghanistan (VARA) after suspected Taliban fighters shot at their car. The attack, along with many others recently, has led to renewed calls for more foreign peacekeepers to be deployed outside the capital.