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Afghanistan: ‘We survived the virus, but may not survive the hunger’: The impact of COVID-19 on Afghanistan’s internally displaced

Index Number: ASA 11/3910/2021

Afghanistan’s four million of internally displaced people (IDPs) were already living in dire conditions when the COVID-19 pandemic hit globally, and the overcrowded IDPs camps were soon identified as places that demands urgent action by the authorities. With limited resources available, and considering the large number of people in camps, adequate help never arrived. But the lockdowns and other COVID-19 regulations meant that finding livelihoods more difficult, creating food insecurities within the camps, in addition to lack of water, sanitation and healthcare. This Campaign Digest discusses how the IDPs in Afghanistan are struggling with lack of information, access to PCR tests and facilities to quarantine.

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