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ISLAMABAD, 5 October (IRIN) - Promises of financial support for the UN emergency appeal for Afghanistan launched last week have begun to pour in. But aid officials warned on Wednesday that they are running out of time to avert what the UN has called a "humanitarian crisis of stunning proportions" inside Afghanistan. Some officials said they were concerned that donations so far appeared to favour potential new refugees rather than Afghans who would have to remain inside Afghanistan.
by Thorir Gudmonssen in Peshawar
The Government of Japan on October 5 (Fri) has decided to extend an emergency aid (grant aid) of 7.5 million dollars to the Islamic Republic of the Pakistan in order to ease the distress of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
This grant aid will be extended as a part of Japan's measures of the "Emergency economic assistance to Pakistan"(a total of about 4,700 million yen), which is one of the concrete measures included in "Japan's measures in response to the simultaneous terrorist attacks in the United States " announced on September 21.
Communication to the press 01/38
Brahimi appointed as UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan.
WFP launch their Emergency Operation to deliver up to 52,000 metric tonnes of food every month: enough to feed six million vulnerable people inside Afghanistan, and 1.5 million people seeking refuge outside of Afghanistan. Total cost of the operation over 6 months is estimated at $230 million.
UNHCR and OCHA jointly host a meeting in Geneva today to discuss displaced persons in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees.
WFP has launched a US$230 emergency operation to feed 7.5 million Afghans as it steps up its efforts to deliver 52,000 metric tonnes of food aid over the next month to six million people inside Afghanistan.
TEHRAN, 5 October (IRIN) - Recent events have added a new and urgent dimension to Afghanistan's protracted political and humanitarian problems. On Thursday, UN Under-Secretary and Emergency Relief Coordinator Kenzo Oshima completed a five-day mission to the region at the request of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, following the latter's appeal last week for over half a billion dollars to shore up the UN's humanitarian effort for Afghanistan.
Islamabad, Friday 5 October
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman
Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Andrew Natsios, Administrator of the Agency for International Development; and Allen Kreczko, Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Issues
October 4, 2001 Washington, D.C.
Media reports have claimed that 75 people, including 8 who have died, have been infected with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus in Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan.
Afin de maintenir au mieux son assistance en Afghanistan et de faire face aux déplacements de population qui pourraient s'accélérer à l'intérieur du pays et vers les zones frontalières, Action contre la Faim renforce son équipe au Pakistan et prépare son déploiement dans d'autres Etats limitrophes à l'Afghanistan.
WFP is intensifying its efforts to deliver food aid to some six million hungry people inside Afghanistan; emergency food convoys are entering the crisis-hit country from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan.
Carrying out emergency medical and nutritional programmes in Afghanistan since 1995 and in Tajikistan since 1998, Action Against Hunger is mobilising its international teams in response to the current catastrophic food and refugee crisis.
"The atmosphere in Peshawar is quiet and calm, although there continues to be an underlined tension within the city. There have been various demonstrations within Peshawar but in general they have been small and controlled by the local police. The situation is such that more NGOs are coming back to Peshawar.
Kaufbeuren/Lahore, 4.10.2001 - humedica is continuing to make detailed arrangements for emergency operations in the Afghanistan refugee camps in northwest Pakistan and also in Belushistan.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Crisis feared as winter approaches
The White House released a fact sheet providing details on the $320 million humanitarian aid package for Afghanistan and neighboring states announced by President Bush October 4.
The new aid package follows more than $180 million in food and other relief the United States has already provided to the Afghan people this year.
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THE WHITE HOUSE
U.S. Assistance to the Afghan People
After 22 years of war, three years of severe drought, and five years of Taliban rule, Afghanistan now faces a major famine. The U.N.