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Thursday October 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The UN on Wednesday has allocated $34.6 million in emergency aid to support 2.2 million Afghans affected by a severe drought.
The amount was allocated by UN Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund and Central Emergency Response Fund, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement cited by Xinhua news agency. The fund will help seven national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), 15 international NGOs and four UN agencies for distributing food and seeds, maintain primary health services, provide emergency shelter, safe drinking water, improve hygiene and sanitation, treat severe malnutrition and help farmers protect their livestock," the statement added. "The impact of the ongoing drought spans the north and west of the country leaving communities in deep distress. Village elders in rural areas tell me that this is the worst drought in their lifetime and that food, fodder and seeds are needed urgently," said Toby Lanzer, a humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan.
"The drought has forced a quarter of a million people from their land and for the displaced, the need for shelter is critical as winter approaches.” "The drought comes on top of years of conflict and poverty, and therefore humanitarian assistance goes hand in hand with development programs to address underlying factors such as poverty and climate change. Our work is closely coordinated with the authorities, yet still more needs to be done so the people of Afghanistan can withstand severe shocks such as this drought," Lanzer added. Up to 20 of the country's 34 provinces were affected by the drought and Afghans officials predicted that around 3 million people will be in need of aid till the end of this year.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At the beginning of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) Week, Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh stressed that the government and Independent Elections Commission (IEC) are fully ready to hold transparent and fair elections, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported on Tuesday.
According to the agency, he asked the countrymen to participate in election process.
VP Danesh appreciated ARCS acting head and secretary general and the entity’s activist, Red Cross Independent Federation that have cooperated and aided the natural incident and war affected people, BNA added.
He said Red Crescent Week was an opportunity to pay heed and address those affected by natural disaster and war.
He added over the last few months, a number of people have made much effort in domestic and foreign media to disappoint our people, but as they have witnessed much experiences, they continued their way knowingly and disappointed the opponents.
ARCS secretary general, Dr. Nilab Mubarez, cabinet members, government high ranking officials, ICRC head in Afghanistan, embassies and international organizations’ representatives and some media-staff were present in the ceremony.  It is merit to mention that Afghan Red Crescent Society has been founded 90 years ago during a general session held in Kabul’s Bagh-e-Omoumi named “National Relief Session”.  But in 1313, it has officially been named as Red Crescent.  Then, on Mizan 20 of 1330, it has been named as Afghan Red Crescent Society.  ARCS national population objectives and structures have been approved within ARCS affairs law in 1395.

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) has signed three agreements with donor organizations to provide facilities for internal displaced families in northern Kunduz province.
According to BNA report, the agreements has signed between MoRR and Inkashafi Afghan Organization, Solidarity International Organization and Modera Organization.
Based on the agreements the organizations will be cooperate with MoRR to provide foodstuffs, non-foodstuffs, drinking water, job opportunities and implementing of activities for displaced and refugees families in Imam Sahib, Khan Abad districts and center of Kunduz province.

Friday October 12, 2018 Kabul (BNA) On August 10th around 6:30pm, Hanifa Yousoufi made history by being the first woman to summit Mt. Noshaq in Afghanistan. Mt. Noshaq is Afghanistan’s tallest peak, and is 4,000 feet higher than the tallest peak in North America. In the widely shared picture of Yousoufi at the top of Mt. Noshaq, she is gripping the Afghan flag and fighting against the wind. The weather conditions prohibited the two other women that set out with Yousoufi from finishing the expedition alongside her. The only other mountaineers to conquer Noshaq have all been men. Outside of the dangers presented by scaling a mountain, the years of political unrest made this feat even more dangerous. Mt. Noshaq had been closed to hikers for 30 years prior to it’s reopening in 2009 because of the threat that local warfare presented in that region. In Yousoufi’s case, her expedition was nearly derailed at the last minute due to Taliban fighting in a neighboring area the day before she was to travel to the base of Mt. Noshaq. Instead of turning back, her group decided to fly into a different airstrip, 13 hours away from their original destination. Hanifa Yousoufi was married at 15 and later divorced her abusive husband. As a divorced woman in Afghanistan, Yousoufi felt that her prospects were over by the time she was 17. However, a few years after escaping the marriage, Yousoufi found the organization Ascend Athletics, a nonprofit that trains women for 2 years in leadership and physical training. The Mt. Noshaq expedition was fully funded by the nonprofit and totaled $30,000, which was half funded by an individual donor. At the start of each year, 20 women between the ages of 15 and 23 start the Ascend Athletics program. Aside from participating in physical training for expeditions like the one Yousoufi completed, the women also train in conflict resolution, outreach, public speaking, and leadership. Many of the women have chosen to remain anonymous and work in secret because of the negative attention that outspoken women face in Afghanistan, from the public and the Taliban. For example, in 2016 locals threw rocks at the women while they training at a location site. However, Ascend Athletics is not alone in pushing boundaries in Afghanistan and empowering women to break glass ceilings. This year, a historic 417 women are running for the Afghan parliament. Feminist Ansari
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