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31 Aug 2008 description


The Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Secretary General, Mr. Abdul Aziz Arrukban, concluded a five-day mission to Somalia with a brief visit to Dubai in order to raise awareness in the Gulf region about the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

Across the region, there have been several attacks on civilian targets resulting in dozens of deaths, including an ambush on an NGO road mission in Central Afghanistan that killed four humanitarian aid workers, and bomb attacks in Algeria and Lebanon.

31 Aug 2008 description
report ACTED

ACTED Afghanistan : Northern Afghanistan struggles against severe drought

Assessment conducted by ACTED's AME Team in Baghlan Province.

After several years of consecutive drought, Northern Afghanistan is once more hit by below-normal precipitations and extreme heat. This year, the shock is particularly worrying since it comes after a harsh winter and a significant increase of the food prices all over Asia. The cumulative effect of this situation has a direct bearing on most of the households which rely on agriculture and livestock for their income and food needs.