- IOM: Return of Undocumented Afghans - Weekly Situation Report (10 - 16 September 2017)
- OCHA: Weekly Field Report | 4 - 10 September 2017 [EN/Dari]
- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 67 | 01 – 31 August 2017
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan Mid-Year Review of Financing, Achievements and Response Challenges (Jan - Jun 2017)
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- Country-based Pooled Fund
- Afghanistan: Avalanches and Floods - Jan 2017
- Afghanistan/Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2015
- Afghanistan: Avalanches, Floods and Landslides - Feb 2015
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods and Landslides - Apr 2014
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
- Afghanistan: Earthquake - Apr 2013
- Afghanistan: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2013
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Jul 2012
- Afghanistan: Earthquakes - Jun 2012
- Afghanistan: Measles Outbreak - Feb 2012
Countrywide Conflict Displacement
From 1 January to 16 September 2017, 250,985 people have fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan. This is more than 21,000 people more than reported in the previous week, notably due to verification of earlier reports and assessments of displaced families.
Fighting over control of eight district centres displaced more than 50,000 people in August.
More than two million people have been reached with assistance in the first six months of the year.
Girls and boys across the country are exposed to high levels of violence and often brutal punishments.
Skills taught in youth development centres improve women’s employment prospects and help them break with traditional gender roles.
Cross-border movement has remained low since Eid holidays. Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees to Afghanistan was 24% this week compared to last week’s figure of 148. Return of undocumented Afghans also remained low with a decrease of 18% compared to 447 individuals that returned between 27 August and 2 September 2017.
Some 84% (307 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 100% (112 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.
Countrywide Conflict Displacement
From 1 January to 10 September 2017, 229,112 people fled their homes due to conflict, up by more than 5,238 people compared to the previous week. A total of 30 out of 34 provinces continue to record some level of forced displacement.
Total displacement in Afghanistan this year has reached more than 223,000 people.
Intensified military operations in Chardarah district, Kunduz, displaced around 5,200 people, according to first reports.
Following flash floods, 221 families have been identified to receive assistance in Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar. 130 families have already received assistance in a joint response.
In keeping with previous years, humanitarian response has continued to be defined by conflict in the first half of 2017 with equally unacceptably high numbers of civilian casualties (‐1 percent) and a steady rise in armed clashes (+4 percent) if compared to the same period last year, despite an overall reduction in displacement (‐15 percent).
The Emergency Relief Coordinator has allocated $45 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the 2017 second underfunded emergencies round to assist vulnerable people in four neglected crises. The funds will support life-saving relief operations in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad and Sudan, where humanitarian suffering is alarmingly high, but available resources are critically low.
Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees to Afghanistan increased by 10% this week compared to last week’s figure of 1,015. Return of undocumented Afghans increased by 27% compared to 905 individuals that returned between 13 and 19 August 2017.
Some 90% (1,036 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 99% (1,103 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.
In 2016, a total of $39.8 million from the CHF improved the relevance and coherence of humanitarian response through two Standard Allocations and three Reserve Allocations, representing 11 per cent of the total contributions to the 2016 HRP received ($356 million), making the CHF the second largest source of funding for humanitarian action in Afghanistan for the third consecutive year.
(New York, 29 August 2017): The United Nations humanitarian chief released US$45 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to four neglected emergencies, where more than 21 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Chad and Sudan. The funds will sustain and scale up critical aid operations by humanitarian partners in these countries, where life-saving needs are alarmingly high but funding is critically low.
Last week, more than 10,300 people have been displaced across Afghanistan, bringing the total number of displaced people to more than 212,000.
More than 20,000 people reportedly have been displaced from Ghormach district to villages within the same district, other districts in Faryab Province and to Maymana City.
Some 7,000 people displaced within Hilmand are reportedly living in dire conditions in Greshk, Nahr-e-Saraj. Due to insecurity, humanitarian partners have no access to these families.
The IA Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap) - an inter-agency initiative created in 2005 in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - seeks to build capacity of relevant actors to enhance the humanitarian protection response. ProCap Advisers support the strategic and operational humanitarian protection response for IDPs and other vulnerable populations. ProCap deploys senior personnel with proven protection expertise to field, regional and global operations and trains mid-level protection staff from Standby Partners and UN Agencies.
Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees to Afghanistan was 28% less this week compared to last week’s figure of 1,409. Return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 38% compared to 1,464 individuals that returned between 6 and 12 August 2017.
Some 95% (862 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 99% (1,000 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.
Over the last 20 years, photographer Marko Kokic has travelled to crisis hotspots around the world, documenting the impact of war, natural disasters and poverty on ordinary people. In this Q&A, Marko tells the stories behind his photographs, explains what it’s like to work in conflict areas, and underlines why **civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget**.
1. What are some of the locations you have travelled to?
One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan is conflict displacement. Since January 2017, some 202,100 people have been forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.
More than 127,500 undocumented and registered refugee Afghans have returned from Pakistan in 2017. While difficult to predict, it is anticipated that between 864,000 and 1.5 million Afghans could return to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries this year.
The CHF is a strategic pooled financing tool that enables a timely response through support to humanitarian partners for addressing critical gaps and delivering priority actions of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, whilst strengthening coordination and leadership through the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Cluster System. The CHF First Standard Allocation was launched in early May with US$15 million designated for 3 priority areas outlined within the allocation strategy approved by the Humanitarian Coordinator and in consultation with the CHF Advisory Board:
In 2016, the Humanitarian Coordinator directed the CHF through two Standard Allocations and three Reserve Allocations to respond to prioritized humanitarian needs.
The Health Sector remained the largest recipient, with 35 per cent of the Fund in 2016, due to the continued need for life-saving trauma services in areas of active fighting with high numbers of civilian casualties, as well as health services to vulnerable populations in the underserved areas affected by conflict and natural disasters and cross-border movements.
From January to mid-August, 202,109 people fled their homes due to conflict, up by more than 9,000 people compared to the previous week.
Some 849 spontaneous returnees and 56 deportees arrived in Afghanistan from Pakistan, according to IOM from 13 to 19 August, and from Iran, 3,708 people returned spontaneously and 6,540 were deported.
In the same week, 957 registered refugees returned to Afghanistan, 865 from Pakistan, 84 from Iran and 8 from other countries, as reported by UNHCR.