Harsh winter takes toll on Afghan war displaced

Published on 30 January 2013

The bitter cold of the Afghan winter is killing an increasing number of people, especially children, in urban slums where internally displaced Afghans struggle to survive, aid agencies said on Tuesday. Human rights group Amnesty International said its research showed at least 11 children and six adults had died in the last month as a result of the cold weather, though there are no official figures. (..) The government has been reluctant to build proper shelters or provide permanent amenities as it fears this would encourage more displaced people to move into these illegal settlements.

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