The Taliban militia have come to an agreement to allow an United Nations assessment team access to the Bamiyan province in Afghanistan to determine the need for winter food aid. Deep snows throughout Bamiyan province make access to this central region difficult. Winter conditions last year cut off supplies to the region which led to food shortages. Taliban and Northern Alliance fighting have also made it difficult for UN aid agencies to send in emergency supplies.
The UN also expressed concern last week about the disappearance of emergency food stores held in UN warehouses over the summer. Fifteen thousand tons of grain are missing and several UN trucks have vanished.
However, the Taliban claim that they have distributed the grain to people throughout the province and that the trucks have been returned.
The Taliban took central Afghanistan in September following their occupation of the north in August. International aid agency staff have not been in central Afghanistan since then.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .