Guwahati News Desk: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on Wednesday, that the terrifying conflicts, witnessed in various parts of Afghanistan in the last week, has forced tens of thousands of people to drive away from their homes.
The office said that they are part of the nearly 3,90,000 people displaced by hostilities this year, with a massive spike since May.
As per the sources, many of the displaced fled to Kabul and other large cities.
Most of those displaced in the capital city are staying with families and friends, with a growing number, camping in the open and facing increased vulnerability.
Meanwhile, ten humanitarian teams on Wednesday assessed the needs of people staying outside in parks and other open spaces and identified an additional 4,522 displaced persons lacking shelter, food, sanitation and drinking water. In addition to this, temporary health clinic and mobile health teams provided health services.
OCHA said, “Despite a worsening security situation, humanitarian agencies are staying and delivering to people in need, reaching 7.8 million people in the first six months of this year…Some 156 non-governmental organizations and UN agencies have delivered assistance throughout Afghanistan.”
While the humanitarians have said they intend to stay despite increasing hostilities to deliver relief, it depends on staff safety, bureaucratic hurdles and raising additional funds.
Moreover, the $1.3 billion Humanitarian Response Fund for Afghanistan is just 38 per cent funded, leaving an almost $800 million shortfall.
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