Afghanistan: Ghazni Conflict Update No. 5 (as of 26 August 2018)

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Reportedly, the general situation in the city has returned to how it was prior to the attack on 10 August.

  • Residents move freely and markets and shops have reopened.
    The rehabilitation of the markets damaged during the fighting has begun.

  • Telecommunications networks, electricity and water are back to normal and government offices have reopened, according to reports from inside the city.

  • The hospital is functioning, but continues to be overstretched with treating trauma patients. Medical supplies are on standby in Kabul to be dispatched, if needed.

  • Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the highway connecting Kabul with Ghazni have reportedly been removed by Afghan military forces and the road is open for civilian traffic.

  • The safety and feasibility of landing humanitarian air assets in the city remains under assessment.

Humanitarian Impact

  • Humanitarian partners identified more than 21,000 displaced people for humanitarian assistance by 25 August in eight neighbourhoods of the city.

  • Displaced families hand in petitions at the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriations (DoRR) in the city that are shared with humanitarian partners for joint needs assessments, led by the NGO Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR).

Humanitarian Response

Further to activities reported in previous updates:

  • The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) has provided food packages to 2,000 families who were affected by conflict or temporarily displaced.

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) via its partner CTG has distributed food to more than 6,600 people.

  • Demining teams, partners of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), have completed the search and clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in 17 neighourhoods of the city and destroyed 58 pieces of UXO. A total of more than 2,300 residents, including children, have received mine risk education.

  • The UNCHR partner Watan Social and Technical Service Association (WSTA) is monitoring and reporting protection needs, liaising with the inter-agency assessment teams and supporting distribution of WFP food.

  • There are currently no identified gaps in the food and shelter/ non-food items response. Distribution of non-food item kits for 300 families is underway with CARE International.

Advocacy Priorities

  • Key informants have pointed to high needs for psychosocial support for residents, including girls and boys.
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