Afghanistan + 4 more

CrisisInSight Weekly Picks, 17 September 2020

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Since 16 August, over 46,000 people have been displaced due to conflict across Afghanistan. The surge in violence in the past month has also resulted in the closure of a health facility in Kandahar province. It is unclear how long the facility will remain closed, with some 15,000 currently lacking access to healthcare. In Uruzgan province fighting has reduced the population’s access to food and increased the price of basic goods. Intra-Afghan talks have begun between Afghan government and Taliban members since 12 September in Doha, Qatar. This will likely have an impact, yet unclear, on humanitarian access, security and displacement.

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Heavy rainfall since 1 September 2020 has resulted in severe flooding in the Assaba and Hodh Ech Chargui regions of Mauritania. An estimated 10,000 people (1380 households) have been affected. Of these, 700 people have been left homeless, and critical infrastructure has been damaged, including bridges, river embankments, and water supply systems. In Assaba, four people died, and one is missing.

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COVID-19 and related containment measures are having a negative impact on education in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), affecting over 165 million students across the region. Most countries (29 out of 33) have implemented distance learning programmes through online or broadcast television platforms. However, considerable gaps in regular and equal internet access remain, particularly in rural areas. Several countries reported high numbers of students dropping out of school or unable to participate in online classes. 45% of students in Peru cannot access remote learning, 310,000 students in Honduras have been without schooling since March 2020, and in the Dominican Republic only 44% of the students have access to a computer. School closures are also affecting the diet and nutrient intake of students who relied on school feeding programmes and leading to increased protection risks in those communities with high rates of violence.

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