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Armed conflict forces increasing numbers of Afghans to flee their homes

The UN and ICRC have recorded that 730,000 people have been internally displaced in Afghanistan due to conflict since 2006, an average of 400 a day. At the end of January 2011, 309,000 people remained internally displaced due to armed conflict, human rights abuses and other generalised violence. This figure was higher than at any time since 2005.

04 April 2011 | Country Profile

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Afghanistan: Armed conflict forces increasing numbers of Afghans to flee their homes

After large, and mostly spontaneous, return movements following the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2002, internal displacement is again on the rise, with new displacements as a result of the intensification of fighting in many regions.

15 April 2010 | Country Profile

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Afghanistan: Increasing hardship and limited support for growing displaced population

Hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan have been internally displaced by armed conflict, ethnic tensions or human rights violations, natural disasters such as drought, or secondary displacement in the case of refugees and deportees who have returned from neighbouring countries.

28 October 2008 | Country Profile

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Afghanistan: Fighting in the south sets off new wave of displacement

Fierce fighting between NATO troops and insurgents in southern Afghanistan has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing from their homes in a new wave of displacement. Although numbers are unverified, the government said that more than 20,000 families had been displaced due to the fighting in the provinces of Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan as of November 2006.

22 December 2006 | Country Profile

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Afghanistan: Commitment to development key to return of remaining displaced people

Four years after the fall of the Taleban, an estimated 153,000 people remain displaced in Afghanistan, with the largest concentration in the south of the country near Kandahar.

02 December 2005 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Afghanistan (October 2004)

Nearly three years after the fall of the Taleban, conditions in Afghanistan still do not allow for the return of all the internally displaced people (IDPs). Although undeniable progress has been made in many sectors,for the majority of Afghans living outside Kabul, the last three years have certainly not brought about the changes in their living conditions they had hoped for.

25 October 2004 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Afghanistan (February 2004)

Persistent insecurity in many areas of the country and disputes related to land and property are major constraints to IDP return. The huge wave of IDPs returning home in 2002 has not been sustained during 2003, mainly because of continued instability, poor economic progress and harsh living conditions. Some 400,000 IDPs returned home in 2002, the majority without any assistance.

02 February 2004 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Afghanistan

Insecurity and lack of assistance are major constraints to IDP return. Continued instability, poor economic progress and harsh living conditions have meant the huge wave of IDPs returning home in 2002 has not been sustained in the first half of this year.

01 July 2003 | Country Profile

IDMC

Profile of Internal Displacement: Afghanistan

Since large homeward movements earlier this year, the return of displaced Afghans has slowed considerably amid ongoing insecurity and dwindling aid for reintegration. Almost 1 million Afghans are displaced now, a sizeable number of them uprooted in the US-led war on terrorism.

26 October 2002 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Afghanistan (October 2001)

Following the September 11 events in the USA, the situation of Afghanistan has taken a new dramatic turn with the civilians yet again paying the highest price. Accused of harboring Osama Ben Laden, the prime suspect of the terrorist attacks, the Taleban are now facing the most serious threat to their regime since they came to power in 1996.

31 October 2001 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Afghanistan (April 2001)

The main cause for conflict-induced displacement in Afghanistan today is the civil war between the Taliban, who control 95% of the country and the Northern Alliance, a multi-ethnic opposition group with a stronghold in the North. Population displacement has also been caused by natural disasters, which occur with alarming regularity. Afghanistan currently faces its worst drought since 1971, affecting all segments of the population.

26 April 2001 | Country Profile

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