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Afghanistan: Returnee Crisis Situation Report No. 7 (as of 28 February 2017)

Highlights:

  • The total number of undocumented returnees who have arrived in Afghanistan from Pakistan so far in 2017 has now risen to 9,607, exceeding the total figure which returned in the first quarter of 2016 (9,335). From 19 to 25 February, IOM reported 321 undocumented Afghans were deported from Pakistan. Numbers of undocumented returns and deportees have dramatically decreased in the last week following the closure of the Torkham and Spin Boldak borders on 16 February as a result of cross-border shelling.
  • Following a winter pause in UNHCR’s assisted repatriation programme, registered refugee returns are set to resume on 1 April. Consultations on the level of cash assistance to be provided to individual refugees are currently ongoing.
  • An inter-agency durable solutions scoping mission to Jalalabad, Nangarhar province took place from 7 to 9 February. Led by UNHCR, team members – IOM, UNDP, and UNHABITAT – met with the Governor of Jalalabad and his ministerial counterparts as well as OCHA, REACH and the Eastern Region Reintegration Working Group. Two site visits, including a series of Focus Group Discussions with community and returnee elders, were completed in Marghundi village in Sukhrod district and Daman village in Behsud district. Initial findings demonstrated the presence of widespread shelter, livelihoods, WASH, education, health and food needs.
  • A health facility survey conducted by WHO in November and December 2016 across 120 health facilities in the Southern and Eastern regions has found that one in every four (25%) lacks a safe water source within the compound and 41% do not have sufficient water to cover all needs (such as cleaning floors, equipment, toilets and maintaining basic hygiene). Likewise, only 46% of facilities have adequate toilets and more than two thirds lack handwashing points in the areas where health care services are provided. In the absence of basic WASH services to complement delivery of health services, these facilities are poorly equipped to handle existing caseloads, let alone additional pressure caused by returnee influxes and internal displacement.
  • The Ministry of Education (MoE), in collaboration with Education in Emergency Working Group (EiEWG) partners, are currently planning a Back to Learning campaign for the end of March to coincide with the expected recommencement of UNHCR’s repatriation programme and the resumption of the school year in the cold zones. The campaign will include distribution of IEC materials (posters, flyers, and billboards), awareness raising activities (door-to-door visits, community level meetings with Shura, teachers, religious institution and community) and awareness raising through Radio/TV messages.
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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
28 Feb 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Afghanistan
Theme(s): 
Refugees and Returnees