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03 Oct 2001 description

A dramatic scaling up of its response to a potential humanitarian crisis was announced today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Contingency plans put into place two weeks ago to aid Afghan refugees have now been increased to help a maximum of 500,000 get through the harsh winter.

03 Oct 2001 description

Frente al clima de incertidumbre y de tensión que prevalece actualmente en Afganistán, Acción contra el Hambre ha decidido recolocar provisionalmente a los expatriados que tiene trabajando en ese país, es decir a un equipo de 15 personas- en Pakistán. Se mantiene sin embargo el conjunto de programas de emergencia -clínicas, centros de salud, centros de nutrición- que la asociación lleva a cabo en Kaboul, en las regiones de Hazaradjat y Panjsheer, gracias a la determinación y al compromiso del personal afgano, cuyo trabajo supervisan los expatriados desde Pakistán.

03 Oct 2001 description


Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is responding to the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan with food, shelter and winter comforters.
Specifically, MCC's immediate response will include:

03 Oct 2001 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam's emergency response -- food aid, water and sanitation for up to one million Afghan people

03 Oct 2001 description

THIS REVISED APPEAL REPLACES THE PRELIMINARY APPEAL LAUNCHED ON 21 SEPTEMBER 2001, AND SEEKS CHF 40,280,340 IN CASH, KIND AND SERVICES TO ASSIST 300,000 (1) BENEFICIARIES FOR 6 MONTHS

03 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 the Question and Answer session).

03 Oct 2001 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 3 October (IRIN) - Former King Mohammad Zahir Shah has reached agreement with members of the opposition Northern Alliance to form a "supreme council of Afghan leaders" and discuss the political future of Afghanistan, according to news reports on Tuesday.

03 Oct 2001 description

Donor countries were pledging considerable amounts of money, and humanitarian efforts were being coordinated regionally, to deal with the multifaceted crisis situation in Afghanistan, correspondents were told this afternoon at a Headquarters press briefing.

02 Oct 2001 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 2 October (IRIN) - The United Nation's Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kenzo Oshima, told Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday that he understood Pakistan's reasons for closing its border with Afghanistan, but said the UN would continue to press all countries neighbouring Afghanistan to open their borders to refugees.

02 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 the Question and Answer session).

02 Oct 2001 description

Press release, Brussels, October 2 2001 - This week, three charter planes are bringing a total of 115 tons of supplies to the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) missions in and around Afghanistan. MSF will use these supplies to maintain and reinforce its current programs and to be fully prepared in the event of a new emergency.

02 Oct 2001 description
report UN Children's Fund

ISLAMABAD / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 2 October 2001 - Reaching out to millions of Afghan children and women before the start of the harsh winter season, the United Nations Children's Fund launched four large humanitarian convoys on a journey from Peshawar, Pakistan, toward four cities inside Afghanistan today.

02 Oct 2001 description

In order to properly settle Afghan refugees, the Chinese Government has decided to provide commodities worth one million RMB yuan to the emergency assistant programme of the UNHCR. In addition, China's Red Cross will provide donations to Afghan's refugees through the Red Cross Society and the Red Crescent.

On 30 September, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan sent letters to UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and his counterparts of the United States, Russia, France, Britain and Belgium to brief them on China's above decision.

02 Oct 2001 description
report AlertNet

LONDON (AlertNet) - A large-scale humanitarian operation led by the United Nations took shape this week to cope with the movement of huge numbers of Afghans fleeing hunger and a possible U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan.

The U.N. has said that about 1.5 million people were expected to flee Afghanistan if the United States launches retaliatory strikes in response to last month's attacks in New York and Washington which caused thousands of deaths. Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden, Washington's prime suspect in the U.S.

02 Oct 2001 description

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct. 2 (UNHCR) - A second UNHCR emergency airlift flight, this one carrying nearly 45 metric tonnes of blankets and plastic sheeting, arrived in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday as preparations continued for a possible new influx from Afghanistan.

02 Oct 2001 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 2 October (IRIN) - Shipments of food, shelter and medical supplies to Afghanistan and its neighbours began flowing into the region on Tuesday as aid agencies launched an all-out effort to avert what the United Nations has called a "humanitarian crisis of stunning proportions" inside Afghanistan. The UN believes that as many as 7.5 million Afghans will need emergency assistance in the coming months, including 1.5 million new refugees who could flee into neighbouring countries.

02 Oct 2001 description

Los Angeles, CA - Relief International, a Los Angeles based international disaster relief agency, is responding to the Afghan refugee crisis by dispatching relief teams including health professionals and medical supplies to the border regions of Pakistan and Tajikistan. Relief International will provide life saving assistance to Afghan refugees.

02 Oct 2001 description


At the start of 2001 the number of people ‘of concern’ to UNHCR was 21.8 million, or one out of every 275 persons on Earth. This compared with a January 1, 2000 figure of 22.3 million.

02 Oct 2001 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)