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Thousands flee to Kabul from embattled northern provinces

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Thousands of people have fled to Kabul to escape the violence in the north of the country. Many of the families are now living in tents, in the heat of summer, in Sar-e-Shamali and Khairkhana areas in Kabul. Most of these internally displaced people (IDPs) fled to Kabul from Kunduz, Takhar and Baghlan provinces, an Ariana News reporter who visited the area said. Some of these families say they were forced to flee their homes due to recent conflict in their provinces, and left all their belongings behind. These families use only tents for shelter. Dozens of children are among the displaced. These IDPs, whose exact numbers are unknown, are facing a shortage of drinking water and medicine. “There was a lot of terror in the city of Kunduz, and the bodies were lying on the roads. The Taliban were very brutal and made people their shields,” Rahmuddin said, as quoted by Ariana News TV. He says that they are facing many problems and so far only the residents of Kabul have provided them with water and food, but that government has not yet helped. This comes after the UN stated in a report last month that at least 330,000 people have been displaced in the last seven months due to an increase in conflict across Afghanistan. “So far in 2021, 330,000 people have been displaced by conflict across Afghanistan. Another five million people remain displaced since 2012,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported. As conflict intensifies in northern Afghanistan and other parts of the country, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis, saying failure to reach a peace agreement will see further displacement.

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