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19 Oct 2001 description

"We are afraid that people really do not grasp the magnitude of the crisis unfolding inside of Afghanistan. Numbers are impossible to judge accurately, but millions are surely at risk, and hundreds of thousands are facing life threatening food needs," reports Luc Picard, CRS/Pakistan Country Representative. "It really is a race against time to reach them before the snow cuts them off for months."

19 Oct 2001 description

The worst-case scenario for refugee outflow was one and a half million people, said Ruud Lubbers, High Commissioner for Refugees, at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon on recent developments in Afghanistan.

19 Oct 2001 description

At a Glance:

  • More than 3,500 Afghans flee to Pakistan's Baluchistan province as of midday Friday, bringing estimated total arrivals in the province over the past week to more than 13,500
  • UNHCR teams identifying recent arrivals in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province
  • Site assessments continue in Iran
  • Four more relief flights to Pakistan
  • Funding problems
Influx into Pakistan's Baluchistan Province

UNHCR was awaiting government authorisation Friday afternoon to provide assistance to more than 3,500 people who had crossed from Afghanistan's …

19 Oct 2001 description

Aid delivery

New reports are emerging of the difficulties facing aid agencies in Afghanistan.

The medical aid agency Medecins Sans Frontiers has abandoned its operations in Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar following the looting of its supplies. The agency says this will seriously reduce medical access for tens of thousands of Afghan people.

In Kabul the Taliban has handed control of the World Food Programme's main warehouse back to the agency after seizing it earlier in the week. All food stocks were found to be intact.

19 Oct 2001 description

This report includes: (A) West and Central Asia: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Tajikistan, (3) Pakistan, (4) Iran (B) South Asia: Sri Lanka (C) Southern Africa: Angola (D) West Africa: Sierra Leone (E) Great Lakes Region: Burundi (F) Eastern Europe Region: (1) Russian Federation, (2) Balkans (G) Latin America and Caribbean Region: (1) Belize, (2) Guatemala, (3) El Salvador, (4) Nicaragua, (5) Peru

19 Oct 2001 description


U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)|
CENTRAL ASIA TASK FORCE

Note: this Fact Sheet updates previously released Central Asia Region Fact Sheets and Situation Reports.

Numbers Affected

According to recent UNHCR estimates, 63,500 refugees have crossed the Afghan border into Pakistan since September 11.

Afghanistan

18 Oct 2001 description

Danish aid work such as water supply, agricultural development and production of building materials continue in Afghanistan in spite of the fact that USA and its allies have been bombing Afghanistan for more than one week.
Afghan staff of the Danish organisation DACAAR (Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees) has managed to keep activities running in Eastern, Southern and Western parts of the country.

18 Oct 2001 description


MEMO/01/332
Brussels, 18 October 2001

1) Commission Humanitarian Response

Since 1991, the European Commission has committed some € 430 million in aid to Afghan populations in need - implemented through UN agencies, Red Cross Movement and NGOs (European with help of local Afghani). It was the single largest donor until last year when USA increased substantially its food aid.

18 Oct 2001 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

18 Oct 2001 description

Clare Short today announced a =A315 million package to support the government of Pakistan in its continuing reforms and in its efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis which has been made worse by the influx of Afghan refugees into the country.

In a two day visit to Pakistan, Ms Short met President Musharraf and the Finance Minister Aziz to discuss how the UK can support Pakistan in implementing its programmes of economic and social reforms, and in preparing for elections.

18 Oct 2001 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for Asia
Tel: +92 51 2211451
Fax: +92 51 2211450

18 Oct 2001 description


This Programme Update is intended for reporting on Annual Appeals.
Appeal Target CHF 10,000,000

Period covered: July - September, 2001.

"At a Glance"

Appeal coverage: 62.5%

Related Appeals: N/A

Outstanding needs: CHF 3,754,571

18 Oct 2001 description

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's briefing in Islamabad by the United Nations offices for Pakistan and Afghanistan (excluding Question and Answer session).
Eric Falt, Director, UN Information Centre

Good afternoon. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, spoke to reporters in New York yesterday and we have a

18 Oct 2001 description

RI Advocate Larry Thompson is currently in Pakistan.

18 Oct 2001 description

While Afghan refugees continue to cross the borders into neighbouring Pakistan, SOS Children's Villages Pakistan is about to set up emergency relief measures in close co-operation with local UN agencies. Particular attention is to be given to the needs of children and women.

18 Oct 2001 description

Clean air, clean water, and steps to alleviate the impact of drought top the priorities in a five-year, US$43 million programme launched this week by Pakistan and UNDP. The initiative supports the national environmental action plan approved in February by the President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and is linked to strategies to reduce poverty.

18 Oct 2001 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York, October 18, 2001) - The government of Pakistan should halt plans to set up refugee camps in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas close to the Afghanistan border, Human Rights Watch said in a new backgrounder on refugees released today.

18 Oct 2001 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 18 October (IRIN) - As international agencies gear up to pre-position food for Afghanistan, an aid official has recommended exploring more innovative ways of ensuring that aid reaches vulnerable communities in isolated areas. One idea, previously applied when the Taliban blockaded the central region of Hazarajat in 1997, was using Afghan traders and market mechanisms to ensure that food reached local bazaars.