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The United Nations estimates there are 7.5 million people in Afghanistan and border countries who are considered vulnerable.
By now, it is a relatively well-known fact that the people of Afghanistan have been suffering from the ravages of war and drought for decades. The average life expectancy in Afghanistan is 40 years old and as many as 20% of children in certain drought-affected areas will die before reaching the age of five. As air strikes in retaliation for the September 11 attacks on the US continue, concern for the people of Afghanistan grows. "No matter the final destination of those Afghanis now displaced by the current conflict, this is without a doubt a huge humanitarian crisis in the making.
By, RICHARD READ
From Press Conference 9 October 2001
Mr. Hattori: Moving on, I have received reports that the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) aircraft, the six C-130Hs, have just arrived in Islamabad in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. These six SDF aircraft are carrying emergency assistance materials for the Afghan refugees. After unloading their cargo, those aircraft are supposed to leave Islamabad as soon as possible and return to Japan.
Western relief workers may struggle to assist civilians uprooted by fighting in Afghanistan.
The Executive Director of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, Mr Graham Tupper, today called for the immediate release of the eight Shelter Now aid workers imprisoned in Afghanistan, including Australians Peter Bunch and Diana Thomas.
LONDON (AlertNet) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said emergency relief supplies will be sent into Afghanistan via Iran early on Wednesday after convoys from Pakistan were halted because of U.S.-led air strikes.
The World Food Programme (WFP), the main food aid agency in Afghanistan, which announced on Monday it had temporarily halted food shipments into the country, said on Tuesday that it, too, was trying to send 100 tonnes of food into Afghanistan from Iran.
In a race against the clock, the two U.N.
Paris, le 9 octobre 2001
Depuis le début du mois, une équipe composée de représentants du Secours Catholique/Caritas France, des Caritas autrichienne, allemande, britannique, hollandaise, irlandaise et américaine travaille aux côtés de Caritas Pakistan afin d'analyser la situation humanitaire dans la région. Fort de son expérience et de son implantation locale depuis de nombreuses années, le réseau Caritas est prêt à mettre en place un large programme d'aide d'urgence efficace et respectueux des populations.
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's briefing in Islamabad by the United Nations offices for Pakistan and Afghanistan (excluding the Question and Answer session).
ISLAMABAD, 9 October (IRIN) - WFP has temporarily suspended food aid deliveries into Afghanistan following US air strikes on the country. "We don't want to put people's lives at risk," Mike Huggins, the WFP spokesman in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, told IRIN on Tuesday. He said local truck companies inside Afghanistan were transporting food, but that it was becoming increasingly difficult for them to drive into the most needy areas.
Period covered: 4 - 8 October 2001
ISLAMABAD, 9 October (IRIN) - Religious leaders in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have warned of continuing unrest in response to the US-led strikes against Afghanistan, making it increasingly difficult for aid agencies to operate in a region which may be expected to host hundreds of thousands more Afghan refugees.
Emergency supplies being unloaded at Mashad, Iran, in anticipation of a refugee exodus from Afghanistan.
[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]
WFP IN AFGHANISTAN: LATEST
The international medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today expanded upon its position on air drops being undertaken by US and British military forces and the need for independent humanitarian relief inside Afghanistan.
"The situation continues to be very changeable and we are having to adopt a flexible approach to our on-going work as well as the emergency relief," says James Beale, Ockenden International's Chief Executive.