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05 Feb 2016 description

Summary of WFP assistance: The governments of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), agreed upon a four year Solutions Strategy in 2012 to support voluntary repatriation, sustainable reintegration, and assistance to host countries. Despite efforts to facilitate the repatriation of refugees living in Iran, a significant number of poor and food insecure refugee households continue to require humanitarian support, including WFP food assistance.

04 Feb 2016 description

Summary of WFP Assistance: WFP’s programme portfolio is comprised of a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), Purchase for Progress (P4P), the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and a Special Operation for a Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR).

31 Jan 2016 description

FSAC Contribution to HRP 2016

The Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) will target 1.8 million of the most food insecure and vulnerable people in 2016, recognizing that overall chronic food security needs are much higher. The Cluster has prioritized conflict and natural disaster affected IDPs, refugees and returnees, including refugees in Khost and Paktika, as well as severely food insecure people residing in 18 most vulnerable provinces identified by SFSA and IPC 2015.

05 Jan 2016 description

Evolution of the crisis

Increasing breadths of the country are getting drawn into conflict. 2016 is likely to see continued or increased contest for control between NSAGs and Government security forces leading to more people needing humanitarian and protection assistance.

Armed Conflict

05 Jan 2016 description

Cluster Overview

The FSAC has been a central part of the humanitarian response in Afghanistan since 2008. It is co-led by WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with a Non-governmental Organization as co-chair. Over 172 partner organizations country-wide are active in the FSAC, including NGOs, Government ministries UN agencies and donors.

31 Dec 2015 description


2015 was a year marked politically by the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, and subsequent drawn out processes that led to the formation of the national unity Government in September 2014. It was the year in which Afghan security forces took full responsibility for the security and protection of the population. It was marked by the fall and capture of the city of Kunduz by the Taliban on 28 September, the subsequent devastating air strike on the MSF hospital, and a month later by a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 October.

31 Dec 2015 description

In its work on disasters and conflicts, which aims to minimize threats to human well-being from environmental degradation, UNEP focuses on achieving results in two areas:

  • Risk reduction – Improving countries’ ability to use environmental management to prevent and reduce the risks of natural hazards, industrial disasters and conflict.

27 Dec 2015 description

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in Afghanistan on 25 December at 23:44 (UTC+04:30) local time. The epicenter was in Zebak district, Badakhshan province in the North East Region, at a depth of 203.4 km. Approximately 793,404 people live within 100km of the epicenter. The impact was felt across the North and East of Afghanistan, as well as in Kabul, and as far as Pakistan and India. The North Eastern and Eastern Regions of Afghanistan were most affected, with Badakhshan being the worst affected province. The earthquake’s impact is considered moderate.

26 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • So far this year 972,551 people have arrived by sea in Europe. At least 243,000 of all arrivals are children. More than half of them entered Europe between October and December 2015.

  • The proportion of children registered at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has increased from 9 per cent in June to 35 per cent in the first two weeks of December.

26 Dec 2015 description


On 25 December 2015, at 23:44 local time a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The earthquake epicenter is in Zebak district, Badakhshan province. The epicenter location is 36.515N 71.135E. The earthquake depth is 203 km. Earthquake distances: 40 WSW of Eshkashem (Zebak) district, Badakhshan province; 47 km SE of Jorm district, Badakhshan province; 83 km SE of Fayzabad city, Badakhshan province; 283 km NE of Kabul city, Afghanistan.

Affected provinces and districts

25 Dec 2015 description


■ 20,774 refugees and migrants crossed the border into fYR Macedonia during the reporting period 11-17 December, with a daily average of 2,968. Since UNHCR began monitoring departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 648,178 refugees and migrants have departed.

■ Intention to apply for asylum: 348,017 applications have been filed from 19 June through 17 December 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).

24 Dec 2015 description


  • On 17 December, Minister Aleksandar Vulin opened a new Refugee Aid Point (RAP) in Miratovac, 1.2 km from the border with fYRo Macedonia. Together with the Ambassador of Norway, Minister Vulin also opened the first phase of the Preševo Tobacco factory renovation, increasing the heated overnight shelter capacity of the Reception Centre (RC) in Preševo by 120 beds.

23 Dec 2015 description

The European Commission (EC) enacted four major decisions during this reporting period. It:

23 Dec 2015 description

Key messages

  • Over three decades of conflict in Afghanistan have led to insecurity and large scale displacement both within the country and to neighbouring Iran and Pakistan.

  • The European Commission continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced and those affected by conflict and natural disaster, providing emergency health services, shelter, water and sanitation and livelihood support to the most vulnerable.

  • Vulnerable Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan benefit from EU-funded care and maintenance support.

19 Dec 2015 description


1.2 million Estimated Number of IDPs in FATA and KPk OCHA – November 2015

138,185 Families Who Voluntarily Returned to FATA since March 2015 OCHA – December 2015

192,120 Registered Families from FATA Who Remain Displaced OCHA – December 2015

1.5 million Estimated Number of Registered Afghan Refugees in Pakistan UNHCR – October 2015