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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

24 Nov 2021

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A World Food Programme (WFP) distribution in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2 November 2021. © WFP Afghanistan

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 24 November 2021

Afghanistan

OCHA reports that aid distributions and needs assessments are continuing across the country focused on food and cash assistance, non-food items, and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.

Through its countrywide seasonal support programme, the World Food Programme (WFP) recently distributed food to nearly 45,000 people in Kunduz, Badakhshan, Takhar and Baghlan provinces. 

WFP and partners have provided food and nutrition assistance to 13.7 million beneficiaries so far this year – more than 4 million more people than in all of 2020. This includes 5.5 million people in October and 4 million in September. This is a substantial scale-up, with 1.3 million people reached in August.

Meanwhile, some 26,000 people, including internally displaced people in Daykundi and Kabul provinces, will receive fuel, blankets, warm clothing, and cash for transportation in the coming days following an assessment by the International Organization for Migration. 

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has in the past two weeks also provided essential winter assistance to more than 62,000 internally displaced people.

UNHCR also reports that about 25 per cent of the 668,000 people displaced by conflict this year have returned to their places of origin since September due to improvements in security.

Thanks to our generous donors, the 2021 Afghanistan Flash Appeal, seeking just over US$600 million, is 104 per cent funded. The Humanitarian Response Plan is 77.5 per cent funded, with $671 million of the required $869 million received.

 

Ethiopia

OCHA reports that almost 40 trucks with humanitarian supplies, including food, departed Semera yesterday for Tigray. This is the first convoy since 18 October. 

Trucks containing fuel and medical supplies are still waiting in Semera pending clearance from the authorities.

With the humanitarian situation in Tigray continuing to deteriorate, it is critical that a regular flow of humanitarian aid into the region is established. As we have noted previously, 500 trucks of humanitarian supplies are required per week. 

Meanwhile, UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flights to Mekelle resumed today following their suspension on 22 October. As a result, UN and humanitarian partners were able to rotate staff in and out of Tigray and transfer a limited amount of operational cash. However, humanitarian partners on the ground continue to report significant challenges due to cash shortages for operations. 

Humanitarian partners continue to respond to urgent and growing needs across northern Ethiopia, including in Amhara and Afar, despite what continues to be an extremely challenging operating environment. 

In Amhara, a major food assistance operation has started in Kombolcha and Dessie towns, targeting more than 450,000 people over the next two weeks.