The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center has just released new research on the growing number of internally displaced in Afghanistan.
“Armed conflict and violence continue to disrupt the lives of Afghans today; an average of 400 Afghans a day have fled their homes since 2006, bringing the current number of IDPs to well over 500,000.”
“New displacements have recently outnumbered the number of IDPs displaced prior to 2003. An average of 400 new internal displacements a day were recorded between 2006 and 2010 (UN and ICRC), and 186,000 people were newly displaced by conflict and insecurity during 2011, almost double the figure for 2010 (UNHCR IDP data 2012).”
Durable solutions far from reach amid escalating conflict
"More than ten years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan´s transition towards peace and stability remains far from complete. Decades of armed conflict, natural disasters and extreme weather have had a devastating effect on Afghan society, causing significant civilian casualties, widespread destruction of property and infrastructure and numerous waves of displacement. Some 75 per cent of Afghans are thought to have experienced some form of displacement at least once during their lives, and the escalation and spread of armed conflict in recent years has led to a renewed rise in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs). Armed conflict and violence continue to disrupt the lives of Afghans today; an average of 400 Afghans a day have fled their homes since 2006, bringing the current number of IDPs to well over 500,000."
Read the full report here.