22 October 2019

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Monday October 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the attack that took place Friday at a mosque in Nangarhar’s Deh Balah district, killing and injuring more than 100 civilians, among them many children.
On 18 October, explosives during Friday prayers caused scores of civilian casualties and the destruction of the village mosque of Deh Balah’s Jawdara village. Initial findings of UNAMA’s Human Rights team indicate that at least 63 civilians were killed and 46 civilians sustained injuries. Among them were many children who were killed and injured.
“This senseless and nefarious attack targeting civilians has no possible justification,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Those who are responsible for enabling this attack must be brought to justice and held to account.”
International humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, and gives places of worship special protection from attack.
“These brutal and senseless attacks against people at prayer are atrocities,” said Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA. “Such attacks at congregations and places of worship may amount to war crimes.”
In UNAMA’s recently released quarterly report on the protection of civilians, covering the nine-month period of January to September 2019, the combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs was the leading cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, making up 42 per cent of the overall total. In July, August and September 2019, civilian casualties from suicide and non-suicide IEDs increased by 72 per cent in comparison to the same time period in 2018.
The United Nations continues to stand with all Afghans in solidarity and remains committed to an Afghan-led peace process that will end the ongoing war and enable the government to allocate more resources to protect all its citizens from such atrocities.
“At a time when the Afghan people are looking toward much-needed peace, we must not allow such attacks to deter our collective resolve to make progress on ending the conflict,” said Yamamoto.
Although mosques have a protected status under international humanitarian law, in Afghanistan they not only have been the location of atrocities but also have been the specific target of attacks.
In 2018, attacks targeting places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers caused 453 civilian casualties (156 killed and 297 injured), similar to the extreme high civilian-casualty levels of such attacks in 2017, resulting in 499 civilian casualties (202 killed and 297 injured).
UNAMA expresses its condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the attack and wishes a full and speedy recovery to those injured.

Sunday October 20, 2019
FAIZABAD CITY (BNA) Cash have been donated to 400 displaced families in northeastern Badakhshan province.
According to BNA local correspondent report, the families displaced due to war from Ashkashim, Darayem, Raghistan, Arghanjkhawa, Shaghnan, Yamgan and Jorm districts of the province.
Each of the families have received 12000 Afghanis.
Abdul Wahid Tabibi director of refugees and repatriation department in Badakhshan told, displaced families need further assistances in winter season.
Tabibi demanded from national and international charity organization to provide humanitarian aids to displaced families in Badakhshan province.
Akhtar Mohammad Khairzada deputy governor of Badakhshan assured to people that government to assist with displaced families.
In this round, Chief Executive have assisted 4.8 million Afghanis to displaced families in the province, Khairzada added.
Khairzada also asked from government and charity organizations to help with displaced families in winter season.

Sunday October 20, 2019
JALALALBAD CITY (BNA) Cash and foodstuffs have been distributed to martyrs and injured families in eastern Nangarhar province.
The aids have been districted to 72 martyred and dozens injured families in Haska Mena district of the province.
At least 72 people were martyred and dozens others were injured following blast inside a mosque in Jawdara region, Haska Mena district of the Nangarhar province on Friday 18 October.
All the victims of the evet were civilians that have been gathered for pray inside a mosque.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA correspondent, Asadullah Fallah president advisor while expressed his condolence with victims’ families, distributed cash and foodstuffs for them.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Kunar (BNA) An irrigation canal after reconstruction was put into utilization in Kunar province.
The canal is 4km long located in Shegal District, it is capable of   irrigation up to 300 acres of farmland.
Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock has spent more than 2440,000 Afghanis to repair the canal.
Farmers in Shegal District, Kunar province welcome construction of irrigation canal.
They said so far, there was a lot of water lost in the absence of a canal, and amount of their products was small, but by repairing of this canal, their work will prosper.
T. Yarzada

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