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Over 375,800 people left their homes due to insecurity: OCHA

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KABUL: Over 375,800 people in Afghanistan have left their homes this year due to fighting with many of these people remained displaced across the country, as conflict and poverty prevent them from returning to their areas of origin, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Around 75,000 of the 245,000 people displaced in the country’s west in 2018 by drought and other factors are still living in displacement sites, yet to return home. In 2019, displacement due to ongoing conflict and natural disasters is continuing to drive humanitarian needs in Afghanistan.

In addition to that, close to 401,400 people have returned from neighboring countries to Afghanistan so far this year including 387,500 from Iran, and 22,900 from Pakistan.

Deportations from Turkey are also on the rise to 22,723 people so far in 2019, while a small number also returned from Europe.

The 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview estimates that close to a million people on the move will need humanitarian assistance by the end of the year.

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