UN: Almost 150,000 Afghans displaced since January

More than 149,000 Afghans fled their homes in the first six months of the year due to the ongoing conflict, according to the latest figures from the United Nations.

Many of those were farmers who were missing critical sowing and harvest times, putting their livelihoods at risk and increasing food insecurity, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a bulletin released late Wednesday.

The northern province of Baghlan was one of the worst hit by the conflict still affecting 29 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, it said.

The UN said it had no access to many of the internally displaced persons.

Last update: Thu, 14/07/2016 - 10:14

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