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Afghanistan: Protection Cluster - Northern Region Update (October 2017)

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • 7,196 internally displaced persons identified in need during October (121,000 in 2017)

  • 1,159 registered refugees returned from other countries in October (14,276 in 2017)

  • 3,311 undocumented returnee families returned in 2017)

  • 73,177 verified protracted IDPs (2016-2017) in the Northern region

  • Protection Monitoring data (WAW/NPO) 228,902 un-verified protracted IDPs as of end of 2015- 27-

HIGHLIGHTS

• Displacements: The major displacement reported in October was caused due to skirmishes between two anti-government elements’ (AGEs) groups in Jawzjan province which occurred on 25 and 26 October. As many as 1,450 households were displaced out of which 700 families in hard to reach areas. Joint assessments are in progress and 107 from 516 families visited so far. Assessment of the remaining families is ongoing and the provision of emergency assistance is in the pipeline.

• Ghormach Caseload: The response to Ghormach caseload (1,185 families) remained pending during the reporting period mainly due to insecurity of the road as well as uncertainty on partnership arrangement between Faryab Afghanistan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) and some humanitarian partners. It was therefore planned that the distribution will be carried out by a local NGO partner.

• Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism: During the month of October, a total of 11 incidents of killing and maiming of children by parties to the armed conflict were verified. 22 children (19 boys and 3 girls) were killed and injured. In addition two incidents affecting education and health services and one case of abduction were reported and verified during the same reporting period.

• Child Protection in Emergencies: Psychosocial support activity continue for Mirzolang IDPs in Saripul province covering 2,040 children (1,504 boys and 536 girls). 45 children were referred to other service providers.

• Mine Action: 951,000 sqm area was cleared, 196 mines and 499 unexploded ordnances (UXOs) were destroyed. As many as 19,000 civilians including IDPs received mine risk education (MRE) during the reporting month.

• Specialized Services: ACAP III program has ended and will only provide response in case of massive displacements and emergencies.

• Protection of Civilians: The trend of incidents causing civilian casualties reduced by 50% in comparison with same period last year while the number of casualties have declined by 80%. The number of casualties caused by ground engagement show a decrease of 7.5% and number of civilian casualties resulted by improvised explosive devices’ (IED) explosions has gone down by 90%.