UNAMA – Press Briefings – 30 April 2018

30 April 2018

Update on the Loya Jirga Process

As of 28 April, we have had some 30 Loya Jirga district assemblies. Asylum will recall, the process started on 15 April in Mordian, Jowzjan province, in northern Afghanistan. So far, six women have been selected in the first round.

On 27 April, in Nejrab district in Kapisa province, delegates decided that they would choose their final representatives for the Loya Jirga on the spot. After the first round selection they proceeded to the second level of the process to vote on the names to decide who will represent them at the Loya Jirga.

The tentative schedule of district shore meetings anticipated to take place on 30 April are: Dand-wa-Patan (Paktia), Chamkani (Paktia), Meta Khan(Paktika), Rashidan (Ghazni), Kuhmard (Bamiyan), Behsud (Wardak), Yaqoobi(Khost), Subarai (Khost), and the Centre of Kandahar Province.

Fighting around the city of Gardez has disrupted the schedule of shore meetings in that area. There has also been fighting in the Sara Bag district of Ghazni which has raised concerns for safety in that area. Today a meeting will be held in Sara Bag, with the participation of the regional elders to discuss the disputes.

UNICEF’s Public Information and Advocacy Campaign on Education for Returnees and Refugees
UNICEF has launched a public information and advocacy campaign on education for returnees and refugees, starting with today’s opening of an information Centre at Pul-i-Charkhi encashment Centre in Kabul. The information Centre will deliver messages on the need to register children –especially girls – at school, and provide information on returnees ’reintegration into the Afghan education system.

The information Centre will also provide practical information on procedures of school registration as well as on opportunities for teachers to find employment within the education system.

More information centers will be set up over the next two weeks in encashment centers in Jalalabad and Herat, and in refugee camps, check points and areas of resettlement within the next two to three months.

UN Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan Receives Japanese Donation
The Foreign Minister of Japan Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, will be presenting the United Nations Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA) with angus $18 million donation at an official ceremony at Kabul Airfield at 2.45pm, on Thursday 2 May 2002. Mr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism, The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Nigel Fisher and Mr. Dan Kelly, Programme Manager of MAPA will attend.

Funds will be used for protective equipment for de-miners, vehicles, and communications. This contribution will replace equipment that was lost and looted, and will upgrade the standard of protection for definers.

Theming clearance and mine awareness operations of the MAPA, as well as the mine clearance of Kabul International Airport, will also be funded.

Money will be allocated to victim assistance programmers that help mine landmine survivors to recover from injuries from landmines and other explosive devices through medical assistance, training and psychological rehabilitation.