Afghanistan Weekly Field Report | 2 – 8 April 2018 [EN/PS]

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Key issues

• In the past week, some 14,900 people have reportedly been newly displaced by conflict.

• A new polio case in Kunar Province brings the total of cases this year to seven.

• Nearly 12,000 Afghan citizens returned to their home country in the past week.

14,900 New IDPs reported in the past week

15,500 People assisted in the past week

58,504 Total IDPs in 2018

Countrywide conflict displacement

A total of 58,504 people have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year, according to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS). The provinces hosting the highest number of displaced families remain Kunduz with 13,615 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and Takhar with 5,740 IDPs. The DTS tracks displacement based on humanitarian assessments.

Displacement Alerts (see map)

Displacement alerts are shared based on initial information from authorities or partners on the ground. Numbers can change as more information becomes available.

Central, Capital & South-Eastern Region: Nearly 300 people reportedly arrived in Nili, Daykundi, from Gizab/Patoo District at the border with Uruzgan. It is the first displacement in Daykundi in 2018, a province that counted only 324 IDPs last year. More than 700 people arrived in Bazarak, Panjsher, from four neighbouring provinces due to conflict. In Khost City, 700 people reportedly arrived from within Khost, Paktika and Baghlan provinces.

Northern & North-Eastern Region: Continued military operations have reportedly newly displaced up to 2,800 people from remote villages of Jorm district, Badakhshan, to the district centre and Fayzabad City.

Eastern Region: More than 2,200 people were displaced within Kunar, according to authorities, due to continued cross border shelling in Dangam district and threats and intimidation by NSAGs. Nearly 400 people reportedly arrived in Mehtarlam City, Laghman, from Alingar district due to fighting between NASGs.

Southern Region: An ongoing military operation in Nad-eAli/Marja district, Hilmand, gradually displaced up to 6,000 people within the district, according to local sources.
Humanitarian partners have not yet been able to gain access. Over 450 IDPs reportedly arrived in Lashkargah,
Hilmand, from Nawa-e-Barakzaiy district.

Western Region: More than 650 people reportedly arrived in Farah City, Farah, from five districts within the province, following clashes between security forces and armed groups in March. In Farah, sources on the ground confirmed the return of more than 4,500 people to their home villages in Balabuluk district and within Farah City after fighting between security forces and members of an NSAG ended.

Health Alerts

One new polio case was confirmed in the past week in Ghazi Abad, Kunar, bringing the total number of confirmed polio cases in Afghanistan to seven in 2018.
The paralyzed child is an 11-month-old girl that had never been vaccinated against polio, as the child’s family repeatedly refused vaccination, according to WHO.

Returns to Afghanistan

From 1 to 7 April, a total of 11,851 Afghan citizens returned to their home country. According to IOM, 977 people returned spontaneously from Pakistan and 26 more were deported, 3,194 Afghans returned from Iran and 6,048 more were deported. According to UNHCR, 606 refugees were repatriated and assisted in the past week, returning from Pakistan and Iran.

Security Incidents and Humanitarian Access

Afghan security forces reportedly entered a clinic in Hilmand during a night raid in search of members of an NSAG, reportedly breaking windows and doors.

Cluster Updates

Partners of the Health Cluster in Nangarhar provided consultations for more than 3,500 returnees from Pakistan or IDPs and vaccinated more than 900 children.

The Sub-Cluster Gender Based Violence (GBV) led by UNFPA reached nearly 7,500 people in the past week in in four regions with GBV-services and health education.
More than 1,600 people received psychosocial counselling, 126 of them GBV-survivors

Ongoing Response Activities (see page 2 for details)

During the past week, nearly 15,500 displaced people, returnees, refugees and members of vulnerable host families received some form of humanitarian assistance.

Distributions and activities were reported to OCHA from four region and following provinces: Badghis, Balkh, Farah, Jawzjan, Kabul, Khost, Kunar and Nangarhar. Humanitarian organisations conducting activities included DACAAR, DRC-DDG, IRC, NRC, PIN, PU-AMI, RI, SCI, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP. Assistance provided included notably cash assistance, food rations, NFIs, winter clothing, tents and emergency shelter material, hygiene and dignity kits, WASH packages mine risk education and health consultations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.