Map produced by the Global IDP Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council
TURKMENABAD, 30 July (IRIN) - Rana is an Afghan refugee from the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. She has been living in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, since 1990 when her husband, a prominent Communist Party member, fled the advancing mujahidin. She runs a small shop which generates a meagre income, and has become fairly integrated into Turkmen life.
The Global IDP Database of the Norwegian Refugee Council has now updated its country profile on internal displacement in Turkmenistan. A summary is presented below. The Database and the country profile can be accessed at www.idpproject.org, or the complete profile can be sent to you by e-mail on request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ROME, 22 July 2003 - Infant mortality rates in nine countries of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States are much higher than official figures have long claimed, according to a new report by UNICEF released today. UNICEF found that in some countries deaths among children less than one year old were four times higher than the official counts.
TURKMENABAD, 17 Jul 2003 (IRIN) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in conjunction with the Turkmen government and USAID, has been working to provide reproductive health facilities in the southeast of the desert nation in order to bring care to isolated communities and assist Afghans living on or near the border, an official of UNFPA has told IRIN.
DUSHANBE, 7 July (IRIN) - With a landscape dominated by mountains, Tajikistan is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and landslides. Such disasters regularly create emergencies in the former Soviet Central Asian republic. As the country's Deputy Minister of Emergencies and Civil Defence, Abdurahim Radjabov faces daunting challenges with little resources in hand.
KHORUGH, 30 June (IRIN) - A two-day international conference held in Tajikistan's eastern city of Khorugh, ended on Monday, with experts calling for more regional cooperation to resolve the huge issue of water resources in the region.
TURKMENABAD, 26 June (IRIN) - Although 80,000 mt of food sponsored by World Food Programme (WFP) has been transited via Turkmenistan into northern Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the past 12 months, the amount is diminishing as emergency food needs in the region change, IRIN learnt on Thursday. "Over the past year, approximately 78,000 mt of WFP food crossed Turkmenabad in Turkmenistan bordering northwestern Afghanistan, with a monthly average of 6,500 mt," Sewoo Kim, a WFP reports officer in the Afghan capital, Kabul, told IRIN.
Central Asian media are drawing attention to the potential danger from Tajikistan's Lake Sarez, Deutsche Welle reported on 23 May. The lake was formed high in the mountains in 1911 after a landslide triggered by an earthquake. For many years, scientists have been concerned that the earthen dam created by the landslide could break, sending the water from the 75-kilometer-long lake into populated areas and ultimately into the Amu Darya, with catastrophic results for not only Tajikistan, but also for Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan.
Previously named Humanitarian Crisis Appeal
Member States Reject Draft Resolutions on Situations in the Sudan, Zimbabwe
(Reissued as received.)
GENEVA, 16 April (UN Information Service) -- The Commission on Human Rights adopted resolutions this afternoon expressing concern over human rights situations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Turkmenistan, and Myanmar.
ANKARA, 27 March (IRIN) - Recently back from a tour of Central Asia, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertie Ramcharan is only too aware of the importance of positive engagement. The issue of human rights remains a major concern among the five former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, with rights groups arguing that the issue had been sidelined as a result of the 11 September events.
ANKARA , 26 March (IRIN) - One of the more active international organisations working in Central Asia today is the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The largest regional security organisation in the world today, with 55 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North America, the OSCE focuses on early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.
A marked increase in regional disunity is draining countries of their resources and increasing their dependence on outside powers.
ANKARA, 20 January (IRIN) - Many of the key issues that impinged on national development in the five Central Asian republics in 2002 were regional in dimension. Humanitarian professionals in the area continued to call for Central Asia-wide collaboration in tackling them. The key areas for regional action in Central Asia are: water, trade, transport, communications, trans-boundary environment issues and drug trafficking, experts say.
ANKARA, 17 January (IRIN)
TAJIKISTAN 8/1 - Refugees
A spokesman for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tajikistan dismisses a report saying that thousands of Afghan refugees on the country's border with Afghanistan have gone home. "We visited the area last week and know that the population has remained consistent," Aurvasi Patel, a protection officer for UNHCR in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, told IRIN.
TAJIKISTAN: 10/1 - Emergency relief
This Programme Update is intended for reporting on Annual Appeals.
Appeal No. 01.52/2002
Appeal Target: CHF 8,263,482
Period covered: July - September 2002
"At a Glance"
Appeal coverage: 51.2%
Related Appeals: N/A
Outstanding needs: While this appeal received only limited support in 2002 preventing a number of planned activities from being implemented, donors are encouraged to turn their focus to supporting the Federation’s 2003 Annual Appeal for Central Asia (no. 01.87/2003).