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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Dashboard (1 Jan - 31 Mar 2017)

Conflict displacement has continued into 2017 with 73,800 new IDPs in the first quarter. While this represents a 38 percent reduction compared to those displaced by fighting in the same period in 2016, a rising insurgency and increased insecurity are exacerbating existing humanitarian needs while simultaneously generating new ones. The number of IDPs located in hard-to-reach areas now constitutes 23 percent (15,730) of the newly-displaced caseload while more than 50 percent of those displaced are reported to be children who face particular risk of abuse and exploitation. During the first three months of the year, 2,181 civilian casualties (715 dead and 1,466 injured) were also recorded.  While the closure of the Torkham and Spin Boldak borders for a month between February and March stemmed the flow of returnee populations, some 17,970 undocumented Afghans arrived in the first quarter adding to the pressure on existing services and resources in hosting communities. Small-scale natural disasters, including a series of avalanches in Nuristan province in February, also affected 30,720 leaving many individuals in need of emergency food, shelter and medical support.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
10 May 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Dashboard
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Natural Disasters
Refugees and Returnees
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination