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By Scott Peterson, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
MASLACH CAMP, AFGHANISTAN - Hope would seem an unlikely guest at this muddy, crude refugee camp in western Afghanistan.
But for Timor Shah and his family - among a sea of Afghans forced by three years of drought to live here - the expectation of a better life back in their prewar homes is starting to grow.
"I am an optimist," Mr. Shah says, as his wife and children make bread and warm themselves around a homemade pit oven.
Advocates Michelle Brown and Veronika Martin recently returned from a three-week mission to Pakistan and Afghanistan where they assessed the variety of educational opportunities available to girls in both countries. During the past 23 years of war, the education system in Afghanistan has been devastated. While the Taliban were in power, only a small number of children, about 300,000, had access to NGO-sponsored schools in Afghanistan. Most girls attended secret schools, and most boys were only allowed to study in religious schools.
By Naheed Malik, Pakistan Red Crescent,
Tarwal is a tiny village near the town of Qila Saifullah in Pakistan's Baluchistan province. It is one of forty involved in a highly successful mobile health care programme run by the Pakistan Red Crescent with support from the Federation. The headman helps run awareness sessions for men of the village, instructing them in the collection and storage of water and how unsafe water can spread disease.
Drought has caused more than one million Afghans to abandon their homes during the last two years. Refugees International has been closely following the drought and its repercussions. Last month, RI's Larry Thompson and Michelle Brown were in Afghanistan and filed an extensive report on January 30, 2002 (Afghanistan: Drought Adds to Problems)
(New York, February 26, 2001) -- With repatriation from Pakistan and Iran slated to begin this week, many Afghan refugees are afraid to return to Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
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A new wave of flight from Afghanistan highlights the lack of security there. Nearly 20,000 Afghan refugees are waiting to get into Pakistan, and many more are on the way, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). So far this year, more than 50,000 Afghans have fled to Pakistan. They are trying to escape crime and fighting in their villages that are interfering with food deliveries necessitated by years of drought.
AED Hopes 40,000 Kits Will Help Prepare Children for School
The document, from DFID's Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department, provides an overview of the current situation as regards UK assistance for Afghanistan.
Before 11 September 2001
Between 1997 and September 2001, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) provided over £32 million to the people of Afghanistan for emergency food, shelter, healthcare and water supplies, as well as support for agriculture, mines clearance, education, monitoring and advocacy in relation to human rights, and coordination.
Assistance was channelled through a range of …
This report includes: (A) East and Southern Africa Region: (1) Sudan, (2) Somalia, (3) Kenya, (4) Mozambique, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Burundi, (7) Tanzania (B) West Africa Region: (1) Liberia, (2) Senegal (C) Latin America and Caribbean Region: (1) Colombia, (2) Bolivia, (3) El Salvador, (4) Honduras, (5) Nicaragua (D) Central Africa Region: (1) Democratic Republic of Congo, (2) Republic of Congo (E) West and Central Asia Region: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan, (3) Tajikistan (F) Eastern Europe Region: (1) Northern Caucasus, (2) Balkans Region
The Danish aid organisation DACAAR has started a survey to seek an answer to one of the key questions in Afghanistan this spring. Are the millions of refugees outside the country in the mood to go home and if so - where are they going?
February 22, 2002, Baltimore - An exhibit of Afghan children's art, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Capital Children's Museum, will open in Washington, DC, on February 26, 2002. Entitled WHAT IS HOME? WHERE IS HOME?
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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Troubled times but humanitarian programmes make progress
- The back-to-school campaign gathers pace
- Some 2.3 million children vaccinated against measles in 2001/2002
- Interim administration in Afghanistan sees education and nutrition as top priority
1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW AND CURRENT SITUATION
Insecurity and weather test humanitarian aid
- On 28 February, the Interim Authority, UN Agencies and NGOs will present the updated financial requirements of the Immediate and Transitional Assistance Programme for the Afghan People 2002 that was presented to Member States at the Tokyo Conference in late January. The event in Kabul will be followed by a meeting of the Afghanistan Support Group in Geneva on 4 March.
QUETTA, Pakistan, Feb. 21 (UNHCR) -- With an increasing number of Afghans massing at the Chaman crossing in Pakistan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Thursday it will send emergency aid into southern Afghanistan in an effort to stem the flow.
At a Glance:
- UNHCR works to ease needs in southern Afghanistan
In an effort to try to ease the latest exodus of refugees from southern Afghanistan, UNHCR on Wednesday began loading supplies at its stockpile in Peshawar in north-western Pakistan, for provision to displaced Afghans inside southern Afghanistan's Kandahar Province.
The UN refugee agency plans to send items for up to 25,000 people - 5,000 families - into southern Afghanistan so that its staff in Kandahar and Spin Boldak can begin distributing …