UNHCR and Better Shelter
Afghanistan entered its 40th year of protracted displacement in 2019. Insecurity, conflict and drought in several parts of the country have forced many people to leave their homes searching for safety in other parts of the country, meanwhile many have been living in displacement for several years. 2018 saw an estimated 370,000 new conflict-displaced IDPs and 435,000 new persons displaced by drought and other natural disasters.
Afghans still remain the largest displaced population in Asia, with 2,598,000 people internally displaced by end-2018.
By June 2019, UNHCR had implemented 289 shelters in 14 regions, which benefit 162,535 people:
- 223 units function as classrooms to provide students with a safer learning environment in additional classrooms with proper ventilation, enough space to sit, and protection from the weather elements.
- 34 units function as community centres and fora for people with diverse backgrounds to get together at social and cultural events, exchange information and access educational opportunities and livelihoods programmes for example.
- 23 units function as health clinics which address needs in vulnerable communities, offer additional space at urgent care clinics and preventative health screening, and function as storage for vaccinations, medications and other supplies.
- 11 units function as transit centres to provide additional space in UNHCR’s repatriation processing centres where returnees receive basic healthcare, malnutrition screening, mine risk education, back to school information, legal counselling, SIM card distribution, and SGBV awareness raising, along with child friendly spaces and transit accommodation.
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Photos: © Central Afghanistan Welfare Committee-CAWC
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