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17 Dec 2017 description
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Campaign to Start on Monday 18 December 2017

(Kabul, 17 December 2017): The district of Shahwalikot in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province has the highest number of polio cases of any district in the world, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of children. In the past days, yet another case of wild poliovirus was found. A polio vaccination campaign throughout the district is now more urgent than ever. The health authorities with support from UNICEF and WHO are to vaccinate thousands of children in the district starting on Monday 18 December 2017.

24 Mar 2016 description

The Population Movement Bulletin, published by the UN in Afghanistan, highlights issues of population movement as it relates to Afghanistan and is designed to consolidate the large amount of media coverage and many statistics into one place.

02 Jun 2015 description

Kabul, 2 June 2015: Reacting to the announcement by People in Need that nine members of their national staff have been killed on 2 June 2015, in an attack on its compound in Zari district, Balkh province, Mark Bowden, the Humanitarian Coordinator, has made the following statement:

"Once again, I am appalled to be speaking out following the killing of aid workers who are providing much needed assistance in Afghanistan. I share the grief of our colleagues at People in Need and the families of those killed.

11 Apr 2015 description

Kabul, 11 April 2015: Reacting to the announcement by Save the Children International that five members of their national staff, who were abducted on 3 March in Uruzgan province, were found dead on 10 April, Mark Bowden, the Humanitarian Coordinator, has made the following statement:

"I am deeply saddened by this shocking news. I share the grief of our colleagues at Save the Children International and the families of those killed.

02 May 2014 description

Kabul, 2 May, 2014: A series of heavy rain induced landslides struck in the Argo district of Badakhshan in northeastern Afghanistan causing significant loss of life and widespread damage to homes and agriculture. Provincial authorities report that more than 350 Afghans have been killed, more are still missing and many families have been displaced.

26 Apr 2014 description

Kabul, 26 April, 2014 - Heavy rainfall since 24 April has sparked flash floods across six provinces of the Northern Region of Afghanistan, causing loss of life and widespread damage to homes and agriculture. Provincial authorities report that more than 120 Afghans have been killed and more are still missing.

Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator said: "On behalf of the UN Humanitarian agencies, I wish to extend our condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones as a result of this flooding”.

12 Feb 2014 description
  • As humanitarian coordinator, I am here today to bring to your attention the continuing humanitarian needs in Afghanistan and to announce that USD $406 million is required by the UN and its humanitarian partners to meet the most acute needs this year.

  • Last year, significant achievements were made: For example, food security assistance was delivered to 2.2 million Afghans, shelter and non‐food items were provided to more than 140,000 displaced, while 570,000 people received emergency water, sanitation and hygiene.

30 Nov 2013 description

Kabul, 30 November 2013: I have learned with deep regret of the death of nine Afghan aid workers in two separate attacks in recent days.

On 26 November, three Afghans working for a village development project in southern Uruzgan Province were killed by a remote-controlled explosive device. On 27 November six Afghans working with the French aid organisation ACTED were ambushed by gunmen as they were travelling in Faryab Province in north-western Afghanistan. A seventh Afghan staff member was seriously injured in that attack and is being treated in a local hospital.

09 Mar 2012 description

Humanitarian community addressing needs of those missing; health, food aid and temporary shelter prepositioned for distribution.

(Kabul, 9 March 2012): The Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Michael Keating, today expressed sympathy to the families of 50 Afghans who died and four who were injured as a result of an avalanche that occurred on 4 March 2012 in a village of 199 people in Dispay, Shaki district, Badakhshan province, on the Tajikistan border.