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18 Dec 2001 description


Situation Report No 40

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

Security/Access

The Government of Uzbekistan signed an agreement with the UN on 14 December to facilitate humanitarian cross-border operations by air, rail and road. This will have most impact on the transit of goods over the Friendship Bridge, which so far has not carried significant quantities of assistance.

17 Dec 2001 description

Una cuarta parte de la población afgana, de un total de 27 millones de habitantes, están en situación de inseguridad alimentaria y depende directamente de la ayuda humanitaria internacional. Tras 20 años de guerra y 3 de sequía, no sólo hay hambre en este país estratégico de Asia Central, sino que la alta descapitalización de la población, la pérdida del poder adquisitivo y el aumento del n=FAmero de desplazados y refugiados, han devuelto Afganistán al medievo.

17 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

17 Dec 2001 description

The following report will focus on the NCA/ACT (Norwegian Church Aid/Action by Churches Together) activities in Afghanistan as well as in Pakistan for the above mentioned period.

17 Dec 2001 description
report Mercy Corps

By Scott Heidler
Mercy Corps

14 Dec 2001 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid Pakistan have put together a two year programme in response to the crisis.

14 Dec 2001 description

Baltimore, December 14, 2001 -- While the hunt for the lone figure of Osama Bin Laden absorbs world media attention, reaching multitudes of cold and hungry people deep within Afghanistan preoccupies aid efforts. Snowy mountains and isolated valleys still hide the fate of hundreds of thousands, though recent field reports indicate modest successes where security conditions, road access and weather permits.

14 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
IRIN-Asia
Tel: +92-51-2211451
Fax: +92-51-2292918

14 Dec 2001 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

14 Dec 2001 description
report UN Children's Fund


Emergency operations continue; planning for recovery underway

  • UNICEF and partners distribute children's clothes, family kits, winter boots and plastic sheeting to IDPs
  • Measles campaign aims to cover 7 million children in Afghanistan
  • 39% of funding needs covered to date


1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW AND CURRENT SITUATION

Scaling up relief and recovery; assessments underway

14 Dec 2001 description

PRESS BRIEFING BY THE U.N. OFFICES FOR PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN

14 Dec 2001 description
  1. The Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Mr. Richard Conroy, signed an agreement this afternoon in Tashkent that is intended to boost the delivery of assistance from Uzbekistan to northern Afghanistan. The agreement sets out a series of arrangements that will facilitate humanitarian cross-border operations by air, rail and road, as well as the movement of humanitarian staff across the border between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
14 Dec 2001 description

The IRC began a two-day food distribution project today at Haji Refugee Camp outside Peshawar, Pakistan, for 750 destitute ethnic Hazara Afghan families.

14 Dec 2001 description

UN PRESS BRIEFING - KABUL

14 Dec 2001 description

By Mumtaz Hamid Rao

The ongoing dry spell in Rawalpindi-Islamabad and elsewhere trims next month, culminating into a new-year gift in the form of rains in the plains and snowfall in the mountainous terrain.

Though existing climatic setting has brought in cough-n-cold in some areas, weather pundits do not term it as unusual.

Basically it is due to La-Nina, a phenomenon which is also named as cold episode through which the sea-surface temperature goes below normal causing dry weather conditions in a region.

14 Dec 2001 description

At a Glance:

  • Spontaneous Afghan returns on upswing
  • Refugees trickle into Pakistan
  • New distribution starts in Kabul
  • Fresh activities in northern and western Afghanistan
Spontaneous Afghan returns on upswing

There are some signs that stability and normalcy are returning to parts of Afghanistan, including the spontaneous return of more than 17,500 people to various parts of the country over the past week alone.

More than 7,600 people returned this week from Iran, a new weekly record for 2001.