The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has released their weekly report for Afghanistan and stated that a total of 2,88,600 people have been verified as having been displaced by conflict in current year.
Of these, 15000 have newly been internally displaced and 289,000 have been identified this year as IDPs.
This also comes almost Afghan refugees in Pakistan having to return to Afghanistan. UNHCR notes that 368 refugees returned voluntarily from Pakistan. But the total number of returning refugees stands at more than 13000.
The OCHA report added that “During the past week, some 137,400 people affected by conflict and natural disasters including drought and returnees received humanitarian assistance. Aid included cash, food, hygiene kits for families and women, emergency household items, emergency shelter and winter kits for children as well as sanitation services and provision of sustained access to safe drinking water. Activities were reported from Badakhshan, Badghis, Faryab, Ghor, Herat, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nuristan and Sar-e- Pul provinces by organisations”.
Drought was factored in as a cause as well. However what remains to be seen is how the IDP count changes once the people displaced by Taliban attacks in Jaghori, Malistan, and Uruzgan districts are factored in.