Oxfams response to emergency situation published 27th September 2001 Paper provides suggest key responses to be undertaken by governments and international agencies and highlights three problem areas likely to emerge in the next six months:
massive displacement numbers will present new challenges for aid agencies seeking to bring relief supplies across closed borders
In anticipation of Pakistan's border being re-opened, preparations should be made to ensure that the capacity of camps around Peshawar and Quetta, whose standards are already poor or uncertain, are not overwhelmed
Tens of thousands of deaths could result from starvation throughout Afghanistan if WFP is unable to provide sufficient supplies for distribution before access is constrained by the onset of winter snows at the end of November. Oxfam welcomes WFP's decision to restart supplies in some areas of Afghanistan, but unless access and communication issues are resolved to all regions, many people will remain out of reach
Paper describes refugee situations in neighbouring countries - Pakistan, Iran, and countries North of Afghanistan - Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Also looks at specific areas within Afghanistan.