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Afghanistan Weekly Field Report (12 - 18 March 2018)

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Countrywide Conflict Displacement

According to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS), 34,381 people have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year in 25 out of 34 provinces. The highest number of displaced families are in Kunduz Province with 13,615 IDPs, followed by neighbouring Takhar with 5,383 IDPs.

Central Region: Around 1,300 people have recently been displaced to Mahmud-e-Raqi, Hisa-e-Awal-e-Kohestan and Hisa-e-Duwum-e-Kohestan districts of Kapisa province from Kapisa, Laghman, Nuristan and Parwan provinces due to ongoing armed conflict in their villages and insecurity. Some 1,400 displaced people arrived in Gardez City, Paktya, from Alikhel (Jaji), Zurmat and Zadran districts, according to information from the ground. More than 1,200 people reportedly arrived in Sharana, Paktikam from Urgun and Mata Khan districts.

Northern/North Eastern: More than 5,200 people were reportedly displaced to Khwajabahawuddin district, Takhar, due to military operations in Darqad district. According to first reports, more than 7,000 people fled Pul-e-Khumri district, Baghlan, and sheltered in Dand-e-Shahbuddin district in the same province.

Southern/South Eastern: Around 550 displaced people have arrived in Lashkargah, Hilmand Province, from Nad-e-Ali/Marja district, according to initial reports from the ground. Triangulation of information received from authorities in Tirinkot, Uruzgan, that 1,800 families had handed in new petitions showed that the families are not newly displaced, but rather in protracted displacement and seeking renewed assistance.

Western: Active conflict in Balabuluk and Pushtrod districts,
Farah Province, has reportedly driven more than 4,500 people from their villages into hard to access areas. Assessments of these families was referred to ARCS who will try to access the IDPs once the security situation allows. According to first reports from Badghis, more than 2,200 people have been displaced from different areas within Qadis district.

Returns to Afghanistan

From 11 to 17 March, 729 people returned spontaneously from Pakistan to Afghanistan and 60 were deported, according to IOM. In the same week, 8,286 people returned from Iran and 5,710 were deported. In the same period, a total of 346 refugees have arrived in Afghanistan as part of UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme, 298 from Pakistan and 48 from Iran. In total, more than 132,400 Afghan citizens have returned to their home country since January 2018.

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