Written by admin on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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Amnesty Reports Staggering Rise In IDPs
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The number of Afghans displaced by violence and poverty has more than doubled over the past three years, from 500,000 to 1.2 million, said Amnesty International (AI) in a new report.

The report, My Children Will Die This Winter: Afghanistan’s Broken Promise to the Displaced, states the organization found a dramatic surge in recent years of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan and that the IDPs face numerous problems including inadequate shelter, a lack of food and water as well as access to education, healthcare and employment.

The report is based on the researchers’ visits to Afghanistan in November 2015 and February 2016.

Amnesty International’s new report, casts light on the country’s forgotten victims of war who have fled their homes but remain displaced within the country’s borders, read the report.

“While the world’s attention seems to have moved on from Afghanistan, we risk forgetting the plight of those left behind by the conflict,” AI’s South Asia director, Champa Patel, said in a statement.

“Even after fleeing their homes to seek safety, increasing numbers of Afghans are languishing in appalling conditions in their own country, and fighting for their survival with no end in sight,” she added.

Since being forced to flee their homes, IDP children’s education has been interrupted and adults have been reduced to chronic unemployment, the report underlined.

According to the report, growing insecurity and a faltering economy are the major factors behind an increasing number of people fleeing their homes and communities in recent years.

Afghans already form one of the world’s largest refugee populations, with an estimated 2.6 million Afghan citizens living beyond the country’s border.

“Even an animal would not live in this hut, but we have to,” Mastan, a 50-year-old woman living in a camp in Herat, told Amnesty International.

“I would prefer to be in prison rather than in this place, at least in prison I would not have to worry about food and shelter.”

The reported stated that despite Afghan authorities promising to improve the conditions IDPs are living in, Amnesty International found that forced evictions – from both government and private actors – is a daily threat.

In 2014, the Afghan government did endorse a new National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons, raising hopes of displaced people and their advocates that the situation would change.

Amnesty International found that the policy has not delivered for IDPs. Despite the comprehensive approach outlined, very little has happened in practice. In essence, the policy is a failed promise. In fact, the situation for those who are internally displaced has worsened in the period since the policy was introduced, reported AI.


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