Afghanistan: Weekly Humanitarian Update (14 October – 20 October 2019)
Northeast: Over 6,000 people displaced
Armed clashes continued between Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) and a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) in Warduj district in Badakhshan province, as well as Yangi Qala, Khowja Ghar, Darqad and Khowja Bahawuddin districts in Takhar province. Last week, clashes between ANSF and an NSAG resulted in the displacement of around 6,230 people from Warduj, Khustak areas of Jorm district to Baharak and Jorm district in Badakhshan and from Yangi Qala, Khowja Ghar and Khowja Bahawuddin districts to Taloqan city.
Inter-agency teams assessed 4,830 internally displaced persons (IDPs) as being in need of humanitarian assistance in Takhar, Badakhshan, Baghlan and Kunduz. During the reporting period, 1,413 IDPs who were affected by conflict were reached with food, relief items, and hygiene kits in Takhar, Badakhshan and Baghlan provinces.
North: Closure of 19 health facilities in Samangan
Clashes between an NSAG and the ANSF in Balkh and Faryab provinces continued in the reporting period. On 14 October, 19 health facilities run by a local health NGO were closed by an NSAG in Toqsan area of Dar-e-Sufi district in Samangan province. Closure of these health facilities denied more than 180,000 people access to health services, including 35,000 children under five and more than 35,000 pregnant and lactating mothers. Currently, the NGO is providing mobile health services to the affected areas, while negotiations are ongoing for reopening of the health facilities.
During the past week, inter-agency teams verified 3,353 IDPs who were previously displaced by conflict as being in need of humanitarian assistance in Faryab, Jawzjan, Samangan, Balkh and Sar-e-Pul provinces. During the reporting period, 728 displaced people who were affected by conflict were reached with food, relief items, and water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) in Andkhoy district, Faryab province.
East: 4,963 people reached with humanitarian aid
Clashes continued in the eastern part of the country. In one of the most significant attacks on 18 October, 63 people were killed and 46 wounded when an explosion occurred in a mosque in Jow Dara area, Dehbala district, in Nangarhar province. In another incident on 16 October, a VBIED detonation was reported in the Alishang district in Laghman province which killed one child and injured 37 civilians.
On 7 October, the Malil Mushfa health facility was closed following NSAG threats in Nurgeram district, Nuristan province. As a result of this closure, approximately 2,500 people have been deprived of access to health services. Currently, three health facilities remain closed in Nuristan and Laghman provinces, depriving nearly 20,000 people of access to health facilities across eastern part of the country. However, across the east, health cluster partners provided emergency health services reaching 3,785 returnees, IDPs and host communities through outpatient services during the reporting period. Also, 6,588 children received vaccinations in the east. On 17 October, WHO reported a confirmed polio case from Wazir Perakhil village of Khogyani district. In addition to this newly reported case, two further polio cases have been reported in east since January 2019. Across the country, 17 polio cases have been reported since the start of the year.
Last week, joint assessment teams verified 2,086 people as being in need of humanitarian assistance after being affected by conflict in Nurgal district in Kunar province; Dara-e-Nur, Kuzkunar, Behsud and Surkh Rod districts in Nangarhar, and Mehtarlam in Laghman province. 4,963 people were reached with food, relief items, nutrition supplies and WASH supplies in Nangarhar, Kunar, Nuristan and Laghman provinces during the past week.
West: Over 7,000 people received humanitarian assistance
Last week, some 139 people who were affected by conflict received humanitarian assistance in Badghis province. Also, humanitarian partners assisted 7,000 people with food in Balabuluk and in Bakwa districts of Farah province. Following a needs assessment, it was agreed that 611 IDPs in Hirat, Ghor and Badghis provinces who were displaced by conflict, would soon receive support consisting of food, relief items, hygiene items for women and WASH.
South: Closure of health facilities continued in Nimroz
Clashes continued in Kandahar, Hilmand and Uruzgan provinces. According to initial reports, ongoing clashes in Shah Joy, Daychopan and Nawbahar displaced nearly 910 people to the provincial capital, Qalat in Zabul province.
Last week, the five health facilities that has been closed for several weeks due to NSAG warnings were reopened in Zabul province, however, six health facilities still remain closed depriving approximately 80,000 people of access to health services in Nimroz. Negotiations to reopen the heath facilities are ongoing.
Humanitarian partners reached 2,312 people displaced by conflict in Uruzgan, Nimroz and Hilmand provinces with food, relief items, and hygiene kits. So far, 1,752 people have been identified by the assessment team in Trinkot, Uruzgan province and in Nimroz province as being in need of humanitarian assistance.
The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund and Clusters are currently finalizing 29 projects with a total value of US$33 million under the ongoing 3rd reserve allocation. Funding will be used by UN, INGO and NNGO partners to meet urgent humanitarian needs including winterisation and the winter planting season.
The AHF has also started the consultation process to allocate resources under a second standard allocation process. Funds for these allocations were provided by the people and governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Qatar and the United Kingdom.