Afghanistan

Thousands of Afghan refugees make their way into Pakistan: UNHCR

Thousands of Afghans were managing to cross into Pakistan even though the border remained officially closed, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UNICEF to truck emergency aid to Afghanistan

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that it would use trucks and donkeys to transport 200 metric tonnes of aid across mountainous regions of Afghanistan to those in need.

Annan launches $584 million appeal to help Afghans in time of crisis

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched an appeal for over half a billion dollars to shore up the United Nations humanitarian effort for Afghanistan, where current conditions are worsening in a country already ravaged by years of war and drought.

Security Council voices concern at worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

Security Council members today expressed deep concern at the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and said the world community was "ready and determined" to lend the country and its neighbours desperately needed help.

UN food agency airlifts emergency rations to Afghan refugees

As tens of thousands of Afghans mass along the borders of neighbouring countries, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the start of an emergency airlift to depots in Pakistan, Iran and Turkmenistan in preparation for the expected influx of refugees.

Afghanistan: UN health agency sends medical supplies to avert displacement

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it was working to avert mass displacement across Afghanistan by shoring up the country's medical infrastructure in a bid to discourage people from leaving their homes.

Current international climate could spell opportunity for Afghanistan, UN envoy says

The chief United Nations political envoy on Afghanistan today said the current international climate could augur a better future for the ravaged country if its people were engaged in the fight against terrorism.

Actress Angelina Jolie donates $1 million to UN refugee relief in Afghanistan

American actress Angelina Jolie, who last month was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), today became the first individual to respond to the agency's emergency appeal for Afghanistan, donating $1 million.

Up to 7.5 million Afghans will need outside aid if crisis worsens, UN reports

United Nations relief officials today said that UN agencies were planning to seek emergency funds to help stem a worsening crisis in Afghanistan, where millions of people depend on aid to survive.

UN refugee agency seeks over $250 million for looming crisis in Afghanistan

Preparing for a large-scale humanitarian emergency in and around Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency today said it needed $252 million to respond to the needs of those affected by the crisis.