Afghanistan launches new policy to improve conditions of internally displaced

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The Afghan government has launched a new national policy in order to address the problem of internally displaced people.

That's according to a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The policy specifies the roles and responsibilities of Government ministries and their international partners, including the United Nations, in addressing the problem of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Melissa Fleming, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the new policy could significantly improve their conditions.

"We are very much welcoming a new national policy on the rights of internally displaced people. This would help find solutions for the many, many displaced who were affected by conflict, natural disasters and basically gives them far more rights than they had before. And puts the onus on the different governments, ministries etc where they are located."

There are 630,000 internally displaced persons inside Afghanistan, according to UNHCR, with 55 per cent living in urban areas.

Meanwhile, a 3 day vaccination campaign targeting some 73,000 children wrapped up on Tuesday, following the diagnosis of a single case of polio in the capital Kabul.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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