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News Alert Afghanistan: NGOs call for urgent winter assistance to prevent IDP deaths

Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) - Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:39 GMT
Author: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
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In an open letter published last week, IDMC joined 29 Afghan and international NGOs to call on the Afghan government, UN and donors to launch an immediate winter assistance campaign to prevent a repeat of last year’s winter crisis in which at least 100 IDPs died from cold or illness in Kabul alone.The open letter welcomes the recent commitment of the Afghan government to ensure protection and assistance for Afghanistan’s growing IDP population through the development of a national IDP Policy. While this is an important step forward for the displaced, effective contingency planning and preparedness are still urgently required to save IDP lives this winter. As winter approaches again, the open letter highlights how many IDPs across Afghanistan still live in inadequate shelter, without access to emergency assistance. Their most urgent needs are food, water and heating facilities, with children and the elderly facing particular risk as the cold weather approaches. As conflict and insecurity continue, the displacement crisis in Afghanistan is growing. According to UNHCR, the number of displaced Afghans has reached over 430,000. In reality, however, this figure is likely to be far higher. For more information, visit IDMC’s Afghanistan page About IDMC The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) (www.internal-displacement.org) was established by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in 1998, upon the request of the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Monitoring internal displacement caused by conflict, violence, human rights violations and natural disasters in over 50 countries, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is widely respected as the leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement throughout the world.

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