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07 Dec 2001 description


KEY DEVELOPMENTS

Security/Access

The most difficult areas for humanitarian agencies to access remain the south and around Mazar and Kunduz in the north.

UN international staff have been permitted to return to Bamiyan in central Afghanistan following a security assessment of the region.

UN internationals are currently allowed to work in Kabul, Herat and the north-east of the country (Faizabad and Badakhshan).

A UN security assessment is underway in districts of Herat and neighbouring provinces.

07 Dec 2001 description

GENEVA, Dec. 7 (UNHCR) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Friday urged millions of Afghans in Pakistan and Iran to avoid rushing home despite the collapse of the last Taliban stronghold in Kandahar.

07 Dec 2001 description
  • News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International *
    ASA 11/044/2001
07 Dec 2001 description

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

07 Dec 2001 description

UMCOR is continuing to support the efforts to provide the people of Afghanistan, both those who are refugees and those who remain within the country, with the resources they need to survive the winter. In spite of the difficulties of working within Afghanistan, an assessment team from the UMCOR Tajikistan office is in northern Afghanistan assessing needs and establishing a distribution system for shelter kits, household kits, and hygiene supplies.

07 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

07 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)
CENTRAL ASIA TASK FORCE

Note: this Situation Report updates previous Central Asia Task Force Situation Reports and Fact Sheets.

Background

07 Dec 2001 description
report UN General Assembly


A/56/687
Fifty-sixth session
Agenda item 20 (f)
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: emergency international assistance for peace, normalcy and reconstruction of war-stricken Afghanistan

I. Introduction

06 Dec 2001 description

By Laura J. Brown, Washington File Staff Writer

Washington -- Afghan delegates working to establish an interim government for their country have come a step closer to reclaiming a role for women in public life. After a final round of negotiations December 4 outside of Bonn, Germany, the four rival delegations agreed to an administration that includes two women.

The delegates settled on a 29-member administration headed by a chairperson, with five vice chairs and 23 ministers and deputy ministers.

06 Dec 2001 description
report Oxfam


General information
Overall the situation is improving, with more food getting to people. However, in some parts of the country there is great cause for concern, and along with other agencies we are involved in a race against time to try and reach some of the most vulnerable people. The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) is working incredibly hard to get deliveries to Oxfam and other NGOs, who in turn are making huge efforts to distribute it to people in need.

06 Dec 2001 description

GHOR / BADGHIS PROVINCES, CENTRAL WEST AFGHANISTAN: UPDATE

06 Dec 2001 description
report World Vision

The people of Afghanistan knew hardship long before September 11th, 2001. The nation is in the midst of it's worst drought in 30 years. The nation is under the control of the extremist Taliban government where health care and education is scarce. And the nation now lives under the threat of further American military attacks.

06 Dec 2001 description

Preliminary Appeal launched on 21 September 2001 for CHF 8,765,000 for 2 months. Revised on 3 October 2001 and the budget increased to CHF 40,280,340 for 6 months.
DREF Allocated: CHF 600, 000
Beneficiaries: 300,000
Period covered: 28 November to 6 December.

06 Dec 2001 description

Refugees pour over the Pakistan border into Chaman, many bringing their dead with them.

By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

CHAMAN, PAKISTAN - When American bombs fell near his home in Kandahar last night, Abdullah finally had no choice but to pack his bags and leave with his family for Pakistan. But his support for the Taliban remains undimmed.

"Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban," he says with a touch of pride, crossing the busy checkpoint from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

06 Dec 2001 description

PRESS BRIEFING BY THE U.N. OFFICES IN KABUL

06 Dec 2001 description
report IRIN

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

06 Dec 2001 description

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