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Somali Refugees in Yemen Conduct Landmark Elections

Posted by IRD HQ

IRD, the Government of Yemen, and UNHCR successfully coordinated the first comprehensive, free, fair, and democratic election process for the nearly 15,000-strong Somali refugee community living in Sana’a November 29. As a result, a new 15-member Somali Refugee Committee can now claim to legitimately represent the population’s concerns and needs to the Yemeni gov... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Capacity Building, Refugees, Women & Gender, Middle East & North Africa, Yemen

Tailoring Help Following Tragedy

Posted by IRD HQ

Every year hundreds of children in Afghanistan become innocent victims of the conflict. The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program provides help to families who have suffered losses because of the fighting between coalition forces and insurgents. Thirteen-year-old Zabeehullah was out playing in the street with his friends after school when he was shot dead by the T... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan

Counseling for War Victims

Posted by IRD HQ

Each year in Afghanistan thousands of civilians are killed or injured. Many more suffer psychological trauma. Civilians have to come to terms with losing loved ones who are killed in incidents such as suicide attacks, roadside bombs, airstrikes, and fighting between insurgents and US and coalition forces. The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program, which has been p... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan

Women Rebuild Their Lives After IED

Posted by IRD HQ

Brothers Azim and Alam had been driving to the bazaar with their father when their car was struck by a roadside bomb. All three died, leaving their wives and children destitute. Insurgents had placed the bomb, also known as an improvised explosive device (IED), in hope of blowing up a coalition military vehicle. The tactic claims the lives of hundreds of civilian... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Women & Gender, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan

Helping Victims of Suicide Attack

Posted by IRD HQ

When insurgents target US and coalition forces, Afghan civilians nearly always suffer. A Taliban suicide car bomb attack against an armored bus on the outskirts of the capital Kabul killed 13 NATO soldiers and contractors. Five Afghan civilians lost their lives and four were injured. The USAID-funded Afghan Civilian Assistance Program has helped all of the fami... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan