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25 Sep 2018 description

Key issues in the past week:

  • Fighting across the country displaced more than 9,400 people, according to initial reports.

  • Fear of attacks on education impacts schools in Nangarhar province.

  • The UN officially opened Awaaz Afghanistan (https://awaazaf.org/).

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

24 Sep 2018 description

Pakistan has launched a week-long polio vaccination drive aimed at eradicating the crippling disease.

Safdar Rana, who leads Pakistan’s fight against polio, said on September 24 that the drive would target 38.6 million children under the age of five, including the children of Afghan refugees who frequently travel between the two countries.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are among only a few countries in the world where polio still exists as an epidemic.

"Pakistan is closest ever to its goal [of polio eradication]," Rana said.

24 Sep 2018 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 23 Sep 2018): 20,881
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 23 Sep 2017): 103,130
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 23 Sep 2018 880
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 23 Sep 2017 4,003
Average daily arrivals in September 2018 so far: 38
Average daily arrivals in August 2018: 48

24 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

577,224 total returns from Iran and Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
552,071 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018
25,153 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
14,361 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
505 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
3% of returnees from Iran (442 individuals) assisted
90% of returnees from Pakistan (452 individuals) assisted

Return from Iran

24 Sep 2018 description

During last week (16 – 22 September 2018), 211 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan (41 from Iran and 170 from Pakistan)

12,902 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan in 2018, out of which 11,419 from Pakistan, 1,372 from Iran and 111 from other countries (as of 15 September 2018)

This is 74% less compared to the same period in 2017, when 50,400 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan

20 Sep 2018 description
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1). Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). See country sections below for more details.

  • Featured on www.polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Darcy Levison of WHO talks about the logistical challenges of reaching every child in the Lake Chad subregion.

20 Sep 2018 description

Conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countries

Some 39 countries in need of food assistance - FAO expects slightly lower global cereal production

20 September 2018, Rome - Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

19 Sep 2018 description

By Fahad Chaudhry

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he will consult all the political parties before taking a final decision on his recently made promises to grant citizenships to Afghan and Bengali families living in the country for many decades..

The prime minister, in his first official visit to Karachi over on Sunday, had vowed to end the Afghan and Bengali refugees' plight by issuing them passports and national identity cards.

19 Sep 2018 description

*10,749 Afghan registered refugees (PoR cardholders) repatriated to Afghanistan from 1 March – 31 August 2018.

*16,835 Afghan refugee births registered from 1 January – 31 August 2018.

**83,310 IDP individuals (13,885 families) returned to their areas of origin in Pakistan since 1 January 2018.

Working with Partners

19 Sep 2018 description

BACKGROUND

The Community‐Based Protection and Urban Outreach Strategy (2017‐2019) for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan was endorsed in July 2017. The overall goal of the strategy is for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan to be empowered and their resilient capacity strengthened, enabling them to minimize their exposure to protection risks and improve their overall protection environment, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.

The four key priorities of the strategy covers:

19 Sep 2018 description

Key findings

Nine Advice and Legal Aid Centres (ALAC) are operational in the main refugeehosting areas of four provinces and provide free legal support to persons of concern: four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in Sindh and three in Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory through partnership agreements with SHARP and one in Balochistan run by SEHER.

19 Sep 2018 description

Overview

Proof of Registration (PoR) card is an important protection tool that provides temporary legal stay and freedom of movement for the 1.39 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. PoR cards which have expired at the end of 2015 have been extended through official notification until 30 September 2018*.

19 Sep 2018 description

Overview of Voluntary Repatriation from Pakistan to Afghanistan

UNHCR facilitates the Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan refugees as part of its mandate to provide durable solutions. UNHCR’s Voluntary repatriation program begins in March and ends in November every year.

19 Sep 2018 description

Eight refugees previously held on Manus Island, have left Papua New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby to be resettled in the United States.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.