More funds, long-term solutions needed to help urban poor

The UN has warned that more funding and long-term support are needed to help tens of thousands of displaced people in Kabul cope with Afghanistan’s harsh winter weather.

“We don’t have anything,” said Halima, a widow and mother of eight living in Kabul’s Ada Mazar settlement. “We urgently need food and fuel to face the winter.”

Ada Mazar is one of 55 informal settlements in Kabul where thousands of families live in makeshift tents and mud houses without proper protection from the cold, and with limited access to clean water and medical care. Dozens of children died from hypothermia in these settlements last winter, prompting the Government and aid agencies to set up the Kabul Informal Settlement Task Force to prepare for winter 2012-13.

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