POST TIME: 16 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Afghan conflict displacing hundreds of thousands
AFP, Kabul

Afghan conflict displacing hundreds of thousands

Afghanistan’s conflict has driven hundreds of thousands of people—most of them children—from their homes this year, prompting a huge need for humanitarian aid across the war-torn nation, the UN said yesterday.

According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 217,000 people had to flee their homes because of fighting during the first seven months of 2019.

Of these people displaced by war, 58 percent were children under 18, OCHA said.

The issue of internal displacement is being compounded by natural disasters including a historic drought, which last year forced about 245,000 people to move—and about 100,000 of them have not yet returned. OCHA “estimates that close to a million people on the move will need humanitarian assistance by the end of the year,” the agency said in a statement.