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25 Mar 2019 description
report The Guardian

By Rebecca Ratcliffe

As a funding appeal languishes, conflict, poverty and the worst drought for a decade have left millions facing desperate hunger

Shafiqa watches closely over her six-month-old niece. Lying on a bundle of fabric, Maryam’s legs jut out, thin and pale. When they arrived at hospital two weeks ago, she could hardly breathe. Her body was swollen with malnutrition, her lips and fingers were blue.

06 Mar 2019 description
report The Guardian

By Haroon Janjua and Karen McVeigh

Thousands of homes swept away as rains follow devastating drought, with UN ‘shocked’ by lack of crisis funding support

Afghanistan has been hit with the worst flooding in seven years, with 20 dead, thousands of homes swept away and many families, already displaced by drought, forced to leave their homes for the second time.

20 Feb 2019 description
report The Guardian

The unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistanand Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year’s first cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said people travelling through unchecked crossings is believed to be one of the main causes of the spread of the disease in the area.

Pakistan and Afghanistan, along with Nigeria, are the only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic.

19 Nov 2018 description
report The Guardian

Group aims to create jobs and reduce tensions on Greek island bearing brunt of migrant arrivals

By Helena Smith

An air of optimism hovers over the olive grove. Men from Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are busy building a wooden structure that will serve as a new shelter. There is quiet concentration, banter and even a bit of laughter as they bang nails into the beams.

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07 Jun 2018 description
report The Guardian

Pariwash Gouhari in Kabul
Thu 7 Jun 2018 04.00 EDT

Street children are forced to brave violent sexual predators in the Afghan capital as they struggle to earn money

For 14-year-old Ahmed*, life as a kid on the streets of the Afghan capital has become synonymous with abuse.

27 Mar 2018 description
report The Guardian

Haroon Janjua in Islamabad

Islamic clerics are consulting with Taliban and Islamic State to ensure immunisation campaign goes ahead despite scepticism and distrust

Islamic clerics have agreed to work with the Afghan government to persuade the country’s militant groups to let vaccination programmes run in remote areas

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15 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

Majority of refugees to be resettled in the new year are from Pakistan and Afghanistan

Ben Doherty

Nearly 200 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention islands of Nauru and Manus will be resettled in the United States in the new year.

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22 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

Murder of Red Cross physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez by wheelchair-bound patient offers new focal point for concern among aid workers

On the morning of 11 September, Lorena Enebral Perez met with a 21-year-old polio patient at a clinic in northern Afghanistan with a simple, gracious task: to help the wheelchair-bound man to walk.

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28 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

Global warming should be taken as seriously as fighting insurgents, say those witnessing the savage impact first-hand

Sune Engel Rasmussen in Shah Foladi

The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies.

In this spectacular, harsh landscape, one can pinpoint more or less where human settlement becomes impossible: at an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,840ft).

19 Mar 2017 description
report The Guardian

Fear stalks migrants huddled along Hungary’s border

Behind a high metal fence topped with loose curls of barbed wire, the newly positioned blue shipping containers lined neatly along Hungary’s southern border at Röszke provide a glimpse of the new plans of the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, to detain thousands of asylum seekers, including children.

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30 Jan 2017 description
report The Guardian

Unpublished research from the UN Population Fund suggests the country’s maternal mortality figures may be higher than reported.

For years, declining death rates among pregnant women have been hailed as one of the great gains of foreign aid in Afghanistan.

In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest.

01 Dec 2016 description
report The Guardian

Infant mortality rates in Afghanistan were once among the world’s worst, but a new children’s unit at Kandahar’s Mirwais hospital is accelerating slow progress

By Matthew Green in Kandahar

Among the tiniest of the premature babies slumbering in incubators at the Mirwais hospital, one bore a name chosen by hospital staff. At five days old, “Fatima” had been abandoned by her mother after being born so early that her family assumed she was destined for the grave.

06 Oct 2016 description
report The Guardian

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans, banished from Pakistan, find destruction, violence and hardship in their homeland

By Sune Engel Rasmussen in Nangarhar

Almost 40 years ago, Allah Noor took his family to a safe haven in Pakistan, following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Last week he returned, to a country at war.

05 Oct 2016 description
report The Guardian

Doctors, nurses and their families are routinely attacked, disrupting the delivery of medical care and putting the healthcare system in danger of collapse

It’s dangerous to be a doctor in Afghanistan.

This is what the staff deal with most days at a hospital in the country’s north-west: physical attacks by patients’ relatives; gun-wielding soldiers inside the wards; and verbal assaults and threats of bodily harm against doctors and nurses who are only trying to help.

04 Oct 2016 description
report The Guardian

Plans for dedicated reception terminal in Kabul, but experts warn that violence and instability in Afghanistan make deportations unsafe

The EU has signed an agreement with the Afghan government allowing its member states to deport an unlimited number of the country’s asylum seekers, and obliging the Afghan government to receive them.

30 Sep 2016 description
report The Guardian

Sarah Boseley Health editor

Exclusive: Bank chief Jim Yong Kim vows to expose governments that fail to tackle malnourishment as part of mission to rid world of stunting by 2030

The president of the World Bank has warned he will name and shame countries that fail to tackle the malnourishment and poor growth of their children, as part of a mission to rid the world of stunting.

05 Apr 2016 description
report The Guardian

Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two remaining countries where polio is endemic, have joined forces to eradicate polio by vaccinating their children in synchronised campaigns.

The countries – which share a 2,400km porous border – have been bracketed as the major stumbling block in the drive for the global eradication of polio. These countries have been tackling the Taliban’s opposition to the administration of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to children.

20 Oct 2015 description
report The Guardian

After an attack on an MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan earlier this month, major NGOs explain how it will affect their operations

Katherine Purvis

An independent investigation into the attack on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, now looks likely, with the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) poised to conduct an enquiry.

26 Aug 2015 description
report The Guardian

Home Office ignores law firm’s exhortations to inform people with no legal representation of court order limiting deportation to three Afghan provinces

A private plane chartered by the UK’s Home Office landed in Kabul on Wednesday, carrying almost a dozen failed asylum seekers despite down-to-the-wire legal challenges to prevent the aircraft’s departure.

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