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31 Aug 2004 description

DISCLAIMER: The following is a non-exhaustive selection of health-related events and WHO actions undertaken during the stated period in specific countries in which populations are experiencing crisis conditions. This has been compiled by WHO/Health Action in Crises (HAC/HQ), in consultation with relevant Country and Regional Offices. If you are a WHO staff member and wish to contribute to this update, please write crises@who.int.

31 Aug 2004 description


Kenya - Drought emergency declared in 26 districts -The president of Kenya declared the current drought a "national disaster" and appealed for relief food assistance. Early cessation of rains in May has led to the wilting of crops and insufficient replenishment of pastures. Twenty-six of the 71 districts of Kenya are affected and 1.8 million people are considered in need of food aid.

31 Aug 2004 description
report Voice of America

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Abdullah is traveling to India Tuesday to discuss a $400 million Indian aid package for his country.

During the visit, Mr. Abdullah is scheduled to meet with his counterpart Natwar Singh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior officials.

India has pledged money to improve Afghanistan's infrastructure, health facilities, transportation networks, power transmission and educational institutions.

31 Aug 2004 description
report Voice of America

Ayaz Gul, Islamabad

In Afghanistan, at least eight civilians are reported dead in a clash between U.S. forces and suspected anti-government militants.

Afghan officials say the civilians were killed late Monday in eastern Kunar Province when U.S warplanes bombed a village.

Reports say a compound belonging to a Danish relief group was also hit during the attack, injuring a member of the group.

A U.S. military statement said the aircraft were helping to counter an attack by militants against coalition troops.

31 Aug 2004 description

Program Description

USAID/OTI is increasing citizen awareness of and confidence in the process of recovery, rehabilitation and democratic political development in post-conflict Afghanistan. This is being accomplished by:

31 Aug 2004 description

Developments in Herat

On 14th August, a Pushtun commander, by the name of Amanullah Khan, seized Shindand airbase, 75 miles to the south of Herat, from the forces of Ismail Khan, the Governor of Herat. This was the latest in a long-standing pattern of clashes between the forces of the two men. Simultaneous offensives were launched against Ismail Khan's forces by two other commanders in Karukh, to the north of Herat, and Chesht-e-Sharif to the east.

31 Aug 2004 description
report Direct Relief

Recipient: Bamyan Province Referral Hospital
Shipment Number: 3830
Shipment Date: 8/25/2004
Value: $62,835

The Bamyan Province Referral Hospital is a non-profit referral hospital serving the entire province of Bamyan-a region with an estimated population of over 400,000. There is a saying that "Afghanistan is called the heart of Asia, while Bamyan is the heart of Afghanistan." For centuries, the Bamyan Province was a major center of Buddhist worship and pilgrimage, and the site of a massive stone Buddha that was destroyed by the Taliban.

31 Aug 2004 description


- The Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan and the UN have launched a joint appeal for assistance to tackle the problems arising from drought and water shortages.

- Climatic changes and very low precipitation have caused a severe shortage of drinking and irrigation water in many parts of the country.

- Field assessments indicate further declines in water sources compared to last year and recent drought years.

- Around 8,000 families are reported displaced due to shortage of water.

30 Aug 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

BANGKOK, 30 August 2004 -- As landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) continue indiscriminately to maim and kill children across the region, UNICEF called today for governments to redouble their efforts to prevent conflict-related injuries, which represent the fourth leading cause of all fatal injuries worldwide.

UNICEF will be raising these concerns at a three-day Regional Workshop on Mine Clearance and Victim Assistance in Southeast Asia, which opens today at the Siam City Hotel in Bangkok.

This region contains some of the most heavily mine-affected countries in the world.

30 Aug 2004 description

Fresh kidnappings, bombings targeting foreigners prompt new level of concern.

by Tom Regan | csmonitor.com

The US government is warning its citizens in Afghanistan to "keep a low profile" after a car bombing Sunday at the offices of a US private security contractor in Kabul killed 11 people, including three Americans.

30 Aug 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

ISLAMABAD, 30 August (IRIN) - More than 2.2 million Afghans have returned home so far from Pakistan since the voluntary repatriation programme of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) started in 2002, an official of the agency told IRIN in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday.

"Over 300,000 Afghans have returned to their homeland since the UNHCR voluntary repatriation programme resumed in March this year," Jack Redden, the spokesman for UNHCR in Pakistan, said.

All …

30 Aug 2004 description

By Simon Cameron-Moore

KABUL, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The Taliban warned on Monday of further deadly attacks in the run-up to Afghanistan's first presidential election after a car bomb in the heart of the capital killed up to a dozen people.

Three Americans were among those killed in the blast, aimed at the offices of international security company DynCorp, which provides bodyguards for Afghan president Hamid Karzai and also helps train the national police force.

The explosion in Kabul came less than 24 hours after another blast killed 10 people, including nine children, at a …

30 Aug 2004 description
report UN News Service

For a cost of less than half a million dollars, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has completed its largest-ever campaign to fight intestinal worms, treating more than 4.5 million children in Afghanistan against the biggest cause of disease in young children in the developing world.

WFP Deputy Country Director for Afghanistan Michael Jones described the programme - which was conducted with the help of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Afghan government ministries - as an "incredible achievement."

"Not only because …

30 Aug 2004 description

Silver Spring, Maryland - An explosion that destroyed a building in downtown Kabul yesterday damaged the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) office in Afghanistan and injured an ADRA staff member.

"The windows and doors of two ADRA buildings have been damaged by the blast," stated Dr. Peter Jaggi, country director for ADRA Afghanistan. "Debris from the car bomb is in our yard and our office and apartment are full of glass splinters," Jaggi concluded.

30 Aug 2004 description

SG/SM/9458, AFG/261

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the violent attacks that were carried out on Sunday in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and in Paktia province.