Countrywide Conflict Displacement
Since 1 January, the number of people displaced due to conflict in Afghanistan has climbed above 400,000, up by 12,350 people compared to the previous week.
Central Region: Armed clashes continued in Andar district, Ghazni, reportedly displacing 2,450 people to villages within the district. Military operations in four remote districts of Paktya Province reportedly displaced some 3,500 people to the provincial capital Gardez. In 2017, 21,050 people were verified as displaced in the Central and Capital regions, five per cent of the total displacement.
Northern/North Eastern Region: Fighting in Sancharak district, Sar-e-Pul, displaced more than 7,000 people from Teber village to surrounding localities and the district centre. In Badakhshan, some 4,300 people reportedly have been displaced to Faizabad city and Eashkashan. Continued military operations notably in the north of Kunduz Province caused the displacement of 1,500 to 2,000 people, according to initial reports. This year, more than 126,000 IDPs have been verified in the two regions, 31 per cent of this year’s total displacement.
Eastern Region: In the past week, more than 4,500 people have been displaced from ten districts within Kunar and Nangarhar provinces, according to authorities and partners. More people have fled Khogyani district: the total number of people displaced since intra-NSAG fighting escalated mid-October has reached 61,523. Since January, the number of displaced people in the Eastern Region has reached 115,117, representing 29 per cent of the displacements across the country.
Southern/South Eastern Region: No significant displacements have been reported in the past week. Some 73,182 people are currently displaced in the two southern regions, 18 per cent of the total displacements in 2017.
Western: The situation in the region has been calm in the past week with no reports of significant displacements. More than 66,739 people were displaced in the Western Region in 2017, 17 per cent of the total displacements this year.
Health Alerts and Natural Disasters
One case of wild polio virus was reported from Shahwalikot district, Kandahar. A vaccination campaign for 5.5 million children was scheduled to start on 18 December in the province. The Humanitarian Coordinator issued a statement calling on authorities and all people with influence, including community leaders in Shahwalikot, to ensure that the vaccinations take place and to help and protect health workers. A landslide in Rostaq district, Takhar, reportedly damaged houses and displaced approximately 700 people. This year, 51,000 people have been affected by natural disasters, one fourth of the yearly average of 200,000 people.
From 10 to 16 December, 5 refugees returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan and 12 from Iran, according to UNHCR. This year, a total of 58,752 refugees have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan, Iran and other countries.
Ongoing Response Activities (please also see paragraph below on winterisation assistance and the next page)
During the past week, more than 90,000 displaced people, undocumented returnees, refugees and host families received some form of humanitarian assistance.
CR: In Parwan, DRC-DDG distributed cash to 483 displaced people and UNHCR provided 21,000 refugees from Pakistan with winterisation NFI packages and firewood.
NR/NER: A total of 7,868 displaced people received humanitarian aid in Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Faryab, Jawzjan provinces from ACTED, DACAAR, NRC, PIN, SCI, UNICEF and WFP. UNHCR distributed winterisation assistance to more than 18,000 people in both regions.
ER: More than 7,900 displaced people received cash, food, NFIs, in Nangarhar and Kunar, the majority of them IDPs from Khogyani. Assisting partners were Afghanaid, DRC-DDG, NCRO, PU-AMI, SCI and WFP and UNICEF distributed family winter kits and blankets to 1,400 people. WFP supported nearly 20,000 undocumented returnees with food or cash for food in three provinces of the ER and DRC-DDG provided cash for food to 1,600 undocumented returnees. Health partners provided consultations to 7,200 returnees or IDPs and vaccinated more than 990 children. Some 220 displaced children were identified with SAM by Nutrition Cluster partners in Khogyani and referred therapeutic feeding district.
WR: A total of 950 IDPs were assisted with cash, food and NFIs in the WR by ACF, WFP, UNICEF, DRC-DDG and NRC. UNICEF started the distribution of winter kits to 3,800 displaced families.
By 14 December, UNHCR had distributed a total of US$5 million for heating fuel for three months and blankets to 26,697 families as part of the Emergency Shelter/NFI Cluster (ES/NFI) winterisation response in 32 provinces. In addition to the full package provided by UNHCR, 4,550 families were assisted with blankets and clothing by UNICEF and SCI. NRC assisted 991 families and CARE assisted 123 families with clothes and Blankets.
From 10 to 16 December, WFP dispatched 960 tons of fortified wheat flour and other food commodities for 112,700 people in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat and Jalalabad regions under its seasonal support programme.
Access and Security
In Uruzgan, 30 health facilities reopened after having been closed for nearly three months following prolonged negotiations between members of an armed group and the NGO providing health services contracted by the Ministry of Public Health.
On 14 December, in Badghis, a man on a motorbike reportedly threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying staff members of an international NGO, two of whom were injured. The NGO temporarily suspended activities in the area.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.