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IOM expresses concern over alarming rise of displaced Afghans

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KABUL: International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday raised the alarm over millions of displaced people uprooted by conflicts in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.

IOM says there are 664,000 newly displaced by conflict in 2021 in Afghanistan.

“There are now an estimated 5.5 million Internally Displaced Persons in Afghanistan (IDPs), including those living in protracted situations, and 664,000 newly displaced by conflict in 2021,” IOM said.

“This is in addition to more than 924,744 undocumented Afghan returnees who returned from Iran and Pakistan between 1 January and the end of September, and the more than 2.2 million refugees and 3.5 million undocumented Afghan nationals already in neighbouring countries, primarily Iran and Pakistan,” added IOM.

Afghanistan is going through a severe humanitarian crisis, and many countries and humanitarian organizations have voiced their concerns.

The situation turned volatile in the aftermath of dried funds from international community after Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said it has been trying to gain more humanitarian assistance from international donors to support the displaced people.

A former media officer for a UN office in Afghanistan, Naseer Ahmad Haidarzai, said, “We are in a condition that both the international organizations and the Afghan government are incapable of solving.”

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