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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Sudan

12 Aug 2021

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Displaced people in Dand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. © OCHA/Fariba Housaini

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 12 August 2021

Afghanistan

OCHA reports that many people are arriving in Kabul and other large cities, seeking safety from the conflict and other threats. 

With 18.4 million people already in need of humanitarian assistance, and conflict displacement of up to 390,000 people this year alone, humanitarian organizations continue to operate across the country. 

Inter-agency assessments are ongoing in the field focusing on new displacement, conflict, floods, gender issues and protection monitoring to determine the humanitarian needs and immediate response requirements.

The humanitarian community – both the UN and non-governmental organizations – remains dedicated to stay and deliver in Afghanistan, but the security environment is highly complex and challenging. 

Sudan

OCHA reports that limited aid has been provided because of lack of access to an estimated 30,000 internally displaced people at the Sortony gathering site in North Darfur following fighting that erupted on 15 July. The displaced fled from the Sortony gathering site to the surrounding Jabal Marrah mountains and to Central Darfur. 

Following the government forces taking control of the area a week later, mostly women and children have returned to the Sortony gathering point. About 3,500 internally displaced people have moved into Central Darfur, and there are reports that men and boys are hiding.

Security assurances have not been provided to access the area where the displaced are.

The most urgent needs are protection, shelter and non-food items, and health.  

More than 350,000 people have been displaced in Sudan due to intercommunal conflict and armed attacks between January and June 2021.