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Conflicts displace over 0.6m Afghans this year, says UN agency

| Updated: September 17, 2021 18:16:56

Conflicts displace over 0.6m Afghans this year, says UN agency

More than 634,000 Afghans have been internally displaced by conflicts in 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan said Thursday.

A total of 634,800 people had been verified as having been displaced by conflicts as of Sept. 12, 2021, out of which 282,246 displaced people had received assistance, the agency said in a report.

The report came as the security situation in Afghanistan has remained stable since the Taliban's takeover of the country in mid-August, reports Xinhua.

Afghan officials and humanitarian agencies have expressed concern over the living condition of the displaced families in the country since it affected the life of women and children as they do not have access to health facilities and schooling.

More than 28,000 Afghans have been also affected by natural disasters across Afghanistan starting this year, according to the figures provided by OCHA.

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the possibility of a complete economic collapse in Afghanistan was "serious" and highlighted an urgent need for funding support at a high-level ministerial meeting on Afghanistan's humanitarian situation in Geneva.

On Tuesday, the United Nations appealed to the countries pledging 1.2 billion US dollars in relief for Afghanistan to take action quickly.

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