Afghanistan: Protection Cluster Monthly Update (January to August 2019)
From January to August 2019, 223,496 individuals fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan. 144 out of 399 districts have recorded some level of forced displacement, while 82 districts are hosting 223,496 IDPs. 58% (129,628) of IDPs are children, facing additional risks due to the flight and plight of the displacement, including child recruitment, child labor and increased GBV risks. According to OCHA, 15% IDPs are displaced in hard to reach areas. Top hosting districts are: Chapadara (18,459), Maymana (14,315) and Taloqan (35,770).
Return to Afghanistan:
As of 01 January, up to 31 August, 5,038 refugee returnees have returned and were assisted with repatriation. A total of 14,804 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan and 303,393 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran. 7% (20,500 individuals) undocumented returned from Iran out of 303,393 individuals and 85% (12,586 individuals) undocumented from Pakistan out of 14,804 individuals were assisted by IOM during the mentioned period in 2019.