Aid packages for displaced Afghans facing harsh winter

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A woman clad in a burka braves the cold in Gardez, Afghanistan which is known for its harsh snow-white winters. Photo: Teresa Encarnação (UNAMA).

Cold-weather supplies are being distributed to the most vulnerable residents of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has announced.

Parts of the country are often hit by severe winter weather including rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Afghanistan has been working to restore stability after years of internal conflict.

UNHCR, the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation and their humanitarian partners provided aid packages to over 225,000 people on Wednesday.

The beneficiaries are recently returned refugees and internally displaced people in Kabul, as well as the disabled, the elderly and single mothers.

Individuals and families are given warm clothes, heating material, kitchen sets and so-called "dignity kits" to meet hygiene needs of women and girls.

An estimated 780,000 persons have become displaced due to conflict in Afghanistan.

Of these, more than 130, 000 individuals were recorded as newly displaced in 2014, largely in the southern and western regions of the country.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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