Afghanistan

Afghanistan Vs. Polio

The WHO and the International Committee of the Red Cross have made allies of the Taliban in bringing polio vaccines to Afghan children.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a fascinating article on polio vaccinations in Afghanistan. The WHO and the International Committee of the Red Cross have made allies of the Taliban in bringing polio vaccines to Afghan children. Vaccinators in Afghanistan now carry a letter from Mullah Omar, the supreme leader of the Taliban, supporting the vaccination campaign.

Eide at the Security Council

The top UN Official in Afghanistan expresses some consternation with a military-first approach to re-building the country. I provide some context for this frustration.

The head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) briefed the Security Council yesterday.  Neil MacFarquhar suggests that Eide may have been implicitely critical of the U.S.

Number of Afghan Returnees Down in 2009

A new UN report shows that he number of returning Afghan refugees fell significantly in 2009 compared to 2008.

A new UN report shows that he number of returning Afghan refugees fell significantly in 2009 compared to 2008. The UN Refugee Agency says the drop is attributable to insecurity and limited economic opportunities for returning refugees.  From the UN News Center:

Afghan Battlefield Spreading Into Residential Areas

From AlertNet:
The Afghan battlefield is spreading into residential areas where more people are being killed by air strikes, car bombs and suicide attacks, according to a U.N. report published on Friday.

July Already the Deadliest Month for Foreign Troops in Afghanistan

A harbinger of things to come or a temporary spike?
The death toll for foreign troops in Afghanistan halfway through July equalled the highest for any month of the eight-year-old war, tallies showed on Wednesday, as a U.S. escalation has met unprecedented violence.

Dial 190 in Afghanistan

That's the free number that Afghans can call for information about their upcoming elections.  Set up by the UN team in the country, the number has become one of the most popular in Afghanistan:
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today that some 25,000 Afghans call the Independent Election Commission (IEC) every week to get information on the 20 August presidential and provincial council elections.

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