Internal Displacement Reduced by 40% - Spring Offensive Feared to Increase It

| 12 May 2017, 18:32

With 67,850 new internally displaced people in the first quarter of 2017, internal displacement in Afghanistan reduced by 40% comparing to the same period in 2016, UN OCHA reports. 

Citing SIGAR, The Humanitarian Response Quarterly Report states that government controls only 57 percent of country now and that means almost 15 percent decline since the end of 2015 adding that spring offensive of Taliban is expected to lead to increased clashes and internal displacement nationwide in months ahead. 

With heavy clashes in Helmand in March, southern region account for more than 40% of all internally displaced people so far in 2017 On the other hand, 50% of those displaced are reported to be children who are at risk of abuse and exploitation as well as interrupted school attendance and harmful child labor. 

In addition to losing assets and belongings, populations affected by conflict are subject to several forms of gender based violence, including early and forced marriage, domestic and psychological and sexual abuse. 

UN requested US$ 550 million in January to help 5.7 million Afghans who need humanitarian aid in 2017 due to increased violence and bleak economy.

Aid groups have received only US$ 92 million so far enabling them to reach out to 1.3 million Afghans during the first quarter of 2017.

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