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30 Nov 2008 description

Summary

- UN Security Council conducts a fact-finding mission in the country.

- UNHCR and MoFA co-chair International Conference on Return and Reintegration, invite neighbouring countries.

- 1st Draft of the Humanitarian Action Plan is finalised.

1. Humanitarian Access and Security

Access to the humanitarian caseload continues to be seriously affected by widespread insecurity, with all movement of UN personnel being restricted to central areas in provincial capitals and little or no possibility of movement to rural areas.

30 Nov 2008 description
report ACTED

Flash news

ACTED UGANDA

ACTED Uganda is part of a consortium of NGOs currently implementing a three-year Drought management project in North Pokot (Western Kenya-Uganda border).

27 Nov 2008 description

ASSISTANT-SECRETARY-GENERAL AND DEPUTY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR - CATHERINE BRAGG

On 13 September 2007, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon appointed Catherine Bragg of Canada as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Bragg has been the Director-General of the Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security Programme in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) since 2004.

27 Nov 2008 description
report CARE

Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday 27 November, 2008: Today, as members of the UN Security Council are visiting Afghanistan, aid agencies working in the country report that their operating environment is becoming increasingly difficult.

Access to communities in need of assistance and protection is shrinking day by day. Thirty humanitarian workers have been killed so far in 2008 - twice as many as last year. Eighty have been kidnapped. Agencies have also had to suspend or modify operations in areas where they have worked for decades due to security concerns.

26 Nov 2008 description
report Christian Aid

Humanitarian work must be de-linked from the military and the political process in Afghanistan, says Christian Aid.

'Over the past four years the involvement of international military forces in humanitarian and development work has made it impossible for NGOs and UN agencies to occupy space between the warring parties' says Robin Greenwood, the organisation's head of Christian Aid Asia and Middle East division.

'Increasingly NGO work is threatened by communities who see it as part of someone else's agenda.'

In the south of the country, where …

21 Nov 2008 description

By Army Sgt. Zach Otto

Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 21, 2008 - Soldiers with a battalion of the 101st Airborne Division have rebuilt an aid station allowing them to improve care in a critical part of Afghanistan.

Located in a highly violent area of Afghanistan, Combat Outpost Zirok is near a route insurgents use to enter the country from Pakistan, making a large and organized aid station a necessity.

The outpost's aid station originally was housed in a narrow metal shipping container.

21 Nov 2008 description

The 'light' in Shamellah's fingers

Kabul, 21 November 2008 - Shamellah nimbly picks off discoloured leaves from the young almond and willow trees. There are rows of neatly planted saplings of different heights within the walls that define her small home nursery. Pointing at the larger plants, she says she sold one thousand like them last January for US$880.

"With the money, I have been able to do so much. I have improved my home by getting rugs on the floors and putting in electricity. For the children I bought uniforms and books for school and a television.

20 Nov 2008 description

DACAAR has begun implementing a 'Cash for Work' project in the Qadis district of Badghis province with funding from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). 6,205 food insecure families (43,435 individuals) will be assisted in securing sufficient food stocks to last the four-month winter period.

Last winter, more than 1,000 Afghans died as a result of food shortages and extreme weather conditions.

19 Nov 2008 description

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to all of you gathered here today for the Humanitarian Appeal 2009, and a particularly warm welcome to my fellow speakers today, Hilde Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Aeneas Chuma, who is the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Kenya.

We are here to ask for a response to the urgent call of 30 million people across 31 countries …

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

Afghanistan has been in the midst of a civil war since 1978. This has severely affected its socio-economic infrastructure and caused large scale displacement of people within and outside the country, as well as high levels of poverty. As a result, access to basic facilities like clean water, electricity and basic health care is very poor. The frequent occurrence of natural disasters like floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides and severe winters further increase the vulnerability of an already struggling population.

17 Nov 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

14 Nov 2008 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 14 November 2008, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

High Commissioner António Guterres is traveling to Afghanistan for five days next week to assess the progress and the continuing challenges in UNHCR's largest repatriation operation worldwide. He will also co-chair an international conference in Kabul to mobilise support for the return and reintegration of Afghan refugees.

In eastern Afghanistan, Mr.

14 Nov 2008 description

In preparation for a looming grave shortage of supplies during the Afghan winter, the German Government is setting up an Afghanistan Winter Aid Task Force at the German Embassy in Kabul with immediate effect. The Task Force will assess the current situation on the ground and subsequently coordinate the provision of German aid. It will thus help to avert a major humanitarian crisis.

The Task Force will be headed by the German Ambassador, Werner Lauk.

13 Nov 2008 description
report Oxfam

The bleak situation for ordinary Afghans, who are entering winter facing a food crisis and pervasive insecurity, must be top of the agenda when Gordon Brown meets Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Oxfam urged today.

Up to five million Afghans face food shortages this winter, but the increasing violence is making it difficult for aid agencies to reach those in need.

A =A3270 million United Nations appeal to help the most vulnerable Afghans was launched in July but is still less than half-funded by foreign donors.

11 Nov 2008 description

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- Access to remote areas remains a major problem in most parts of the country

- The ICRC response to the needs of people affected :

Dear colleagues,

The security situation in Afghanistan has worsened over the last year and a half, and the armed conflict has remained intense in 2008. Regular fighting between armed groups and national and international forces has continued in more than half of the country. Even in provinces not affected by open combat, roadside bombs and suicide bombings are regular occurrences.

04 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

Comprising 45 countries in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters in the region are daunting.