CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION
Globally, progress has been made in addressing the threats posed by explosive ordnance. This includes advances in the universalization and implementation of relevant international humanitarian laws, and assistance to affected communities in returning to peaceful and prosperous economic and social life. Mine action has become a nexus between humanitarian action, peace and security, and development as well as a cornerstone for conflict prevention.
The conflict in Afghanistan continued to severely impact civilians in November. According to the Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG), 104 people were killed and 181 were injured throughout the month.
ACAP III has now completed the majority of all assistance and capacity building components to prepare for project closure on 14 February 2018. This will be the final monthly update.
The number of civilian casualties of the conflict in Afghanistan increased during the month of October, compared to the previous month. According to the Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG), 435 casualties were documented in October in which 200 people were killed, including 11 children and 8 women; and another 235 people were injured, including 16 women.
The number of civilian casualties of the conflict in Afghanistan September. According to the Civilian Protection Advocacy fold decline of civilian casualties compared to previous months. Around 101 people were killed and an additional 140 people were injured, including women and children.
ACAP III substantially completed its immediate assistance response to the victims of the explosion on the 31st of May in Kabul which reportedly killed 150 and injured approximately 400. A total of 486 families were provided with food and non-food packages. The provision of ACAP III short-term services are continuing.
ACAP III field teams assessed 241 conflict related incidents, associated with 149 killed and 332 injured victims, throughout the country during July.
• ACAP III responded swiftly to a large vehicle-borne suicide attack in Kabul on 31 May, 2017 that reportedly killed 150 and injured approximately 400. During the month of June, staff assessed 355 victims, out of which 215 were found to be eligible for ACAP III assistance. Immediate Assistance packages were distributed to 200 families.
• ACAP III field teams assessed 239 conflict related incidents for ACAP III eligibility. The incidents were associated with 163 killed and 229 injured victims.
• ACAP III field teams assessed 363 conflict related incidents for ACAP III eligibility. The incidents were associated with 248 killed and 596 injured victims.
• Held 36 immediate assistance distribution events in various parts of the country. A total of 265 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 2,566 beneficiaries (1,295 males, 1,271 females).
• Provided psychosocial counselling to 770 new beneficiaries (445 males, 325 females).
• Provided physical therapy to 311 new beneficiaries (99 females, 212 males).
- Held 48 immediate assistance distribution events in various parts of the country. A total of 372 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 3,731 beneficiaries (1,935 males, 1,796 females).
- Provided psychosocial counselling to 731 new beneficiaries (411 males, 320 females).
- Provided physical therapy to 305 new beneficiaries (72 female, 233 male).
- Delivered 15 income generation assistance packages tailored to victims’ and families’ needs benefitting 123 victims and families (64 males, 59 females).
ACAP III responds to high profile incidents:
• A terrorist attack on the Sardar Daud Khan Hospital, a military hospital in Kabul, left 30 people dead and wounded over 70. No victims were eligible for ACAP III services.
• ACAP III assessed victims of a large-scale attack on the Police Headquarters in Kabul that killed 22 people and injured 119. Twentytwo people were deemed eligible for ACAP III services.
ACAP III responds to high profile incidents:
- Supported 47 civilian victims of joint operations between NATO and Afghan security forces against the Taliban in the Sangin district of Helmand province. The fighting intensified in February and included air raids.
- Assisted 192 victims and families of an improvised explosive device attack on a school bus in Paktika that killed 11 children and injured four.
- Provided nine relief packages to victims of the Supreme Court suicide attack in Kabul that injured or killed 43 people.
• Held 46 immediate assistance distribution events in various parts of the country. 324 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 2,959 beneficiaries (1,458 males and 1,501 females).
• Enrolled 320 victims (248 males and 72 females) and 681 family members of victims (320 males and 361 females) in psychosocial counselling.
Counselling is ongoing for 821 beneficiaries (318 victims and 503 family members).
• Provided physical therapy visits and referrals to 464 beneficiaries (338 males and 126 females).
Objective: to better understand the overall condition of the schools
NA team: Alfred Mutiti (CP), Bayiha Ruben (WASH), Maria Paradies (EDU), Atheer Al Yaseen (Emergency), Jack Parnell (Security), Drew Prater (UNMAS)
NA tool used: KOBO collect was piloted; customized education NA tool in line with the Education cluster and INEE MS.
Funded and facilitated provision of one of the first electric hands in Afghanistan to a double amputee. The procedure was successful and the beneficiary has been able to resume daily activities, improving his quality of life.
Held 42 immediate assistance distribution events in various parts of the country. 352 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 3,486 beneficiaries (1,732 male and 1,754 female).
In the aftermath of conflict-related incidents in Afghanistan, the Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP III) rapidly responds providing short and long-term assistance to civilian victims and their families to help rebuild lives economically, psychologically and physically. Conflict-related incidents include armed conflict and injuries or death from explosive remnants of war and mines. The program works closely with government ministries in Afghanistan, notably the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled (MoLSAMD).
• ACAP III provided 15 immediate assistance packages benefitting victims of the 21 November suicide bombing at the Baqir-ul-Olum mosque in Kabul. The attack claimed the lives of at least 25 people and injured more than 50, including children. The packages provided benefited 164 victims and family members (80 males and 84 females).
• 51 immediate assistance distribution events were held in various parts of the country. 727 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 6,945 beneficiaries (3,446 male and 3,499 female).
• ACAP III provided 37 immediate assistance packages benefitting victims of the attack on the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul on 11 October that killed 14 and injured more than 30 civilians. The packages provided benefited 218 victims (110 males and 108 female).
• Began beneficiary assessments on an attack by antigovernment elements (AGE) that killed 36 civilians in Ghor province on 26 October.
ACAP III continued to provide assistance to victims of the 24 August attack on the American University of Afghanistan. Since the incident, ACAP III has provided psychosocial counselling to 30 victims and 20 family members, physical rehabilitation to 8 victims and immediate assistance packages to 7 victims.
32 immediate assistance distribution events were held in various parts of the country. 367 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 3,298 beneficiaries (1,628 male and 1,670 female).
On 24 August 2014, gunmen stormed the heavily barricaded campus of the American University of Afghanistan firing at students, professors and guards in a ten hour siege that claimed the lives of 13 people and left 48 wounded.
• ACAP III began assessing victims of the 24 August attack on the American University of Afghanistan that killed 13 and wounded over 30 people.
• 50 immediate assistance distribution events were held in various parts of the country. 784 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 6,234 beneficiaries (3,077 male and 3,157 female).