Afghanistan: Monthly humanitarian update No. 12

Situation Report
Originally published


Key Points

- Access limitations and attacks on aid operations continue

- 2010 Humanitarian Action Plan launched on 30 November

- Winter response ongoing; no major gaps reported

- Conflict-induced displacements in South, East, Western regions

- Civilian casualties unchanged despite onset of winter

I. Humanitarian Overview


UNDSS reports that the number of security incidents country-wide declined only slightly in November and not at all in December, confounding expectations based on previous seasonal trends. The relatively high number of incidents is attributed to an influx of Armed Opposition Group (AOG) members, AOG members remaining in Afghanistan during the winter, mild weather conditions, and ongoing military operations. Armed clashes and stand-off attacks decreased slightly, as expected based on seasonal trends; IED incidents increased and are expected to continue to do so. There were fewer suicide attacks per month in November and December than the average for the first nine months of 2009, which perhaps can be attributed to increased insecurity in Pakistan where such attacks increased.

According to UNDSS, the number of incidents affecting the aid community did not decline and in fact increased in December. Incidents affecting humanitarians included: looting of three food convoys in the north and northeast; abductions, including three INGO health workers in Kunduz who were later released; temporary relocation of UN staff in Gardez in response to threats; and the assassination of the district Red Crescent Society chairman in Kalafgan district, Takhar province. DSS reports that targeting of the aid community, whether for personal, criminal, or insurgent motives, continue to adversely affect program delivery throughout the country.

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