UN Humanitarian Affairs chief concludes visit to Afghanistan

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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos jokes around with a group of young girls at a refugee camp in the Parwan Se district of Kabul, Afghanistan.

UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Valerie Amos is calling for long-term investment in Afghanistan to address issues such as land tenure, provision of basic services and economic opportunities.

Ms. Amos has concluded a four-day mission to the country where she said more than one third of the population has experienced displacement.

Her itinerary included a stop at an informal settlement outside the capital, Kabul, where 80 families are living.

"I have to say that coming to this informal settlement, hearing the concerns over the community living here and seeing for myself the terrible conditions that people are living in. I think that we have to more than double our efforts to try to work with the local municipality, to work with the government to find ways in which we can help to relocate people. The conditions in which people are asked to live in are completely unacceptable."

Ms. Amos said more than five million refugees have returned to Afghanistan while another five million are still living in neighbouring countries.

An additional 500,000 Afghans are internally displaced.

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