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01 December, 2016

Over half a million Afghans displaced in 2016

The United Nations has reported a dramatic increase in the number of displaced people as a result of the years-long conflict in Afghanistan.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday that more than half a million people had been displaced in 2016, the highest number since 2008.

The figure also surpasses a previous record of 471,000 set last year.

This has been a sharp increase in the number of people leaving their homes due to daily battles between the Kabul government forces and Taliban militants across the war-torn country.

Mark Bowden, the UN humanitarian coordinator has expressed concern about the increasing number of internally displaced people in the war-stricken country.

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