"Deepening" Afghan conflict prompts 13% increase in need for 2017

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Afghans receive food supplies of fortified wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and salt from WFP. Photo: WFP/Wahidullah Amani

The "deepening" and widening conflict across Afghanistan has prompted a 13 per cent increase in the number of people needing assistance this year.

That's according to UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) on Monday, releasing its overview for Afghanistan in 2017.

Matthew Wells has more.

What OCHA refers to as the "continued deepening and geographic spread" of conflict means that 9.3 million Afghans are now in need of assistance, which represents a 13 per cent jump from 2016.

"Violations of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law occur regularly" OCHA reported, including targeted killings, forced recruitment and attacks on health and education facilities.

Furthermore, the 8,397 civilian casualties recorded in the first nine months of 2016, is the highest figure ever recorded, which included a 15 per cent rise in child casualties compared with the previous year.

Afghanistan is also facing "unprecedented levels of displacement" reaching half a million in November.

Just over half of those are children, who are at particular risk of abuse, exploitation, and missing out on school said OCHA.

Recent estimates suggest more than nine million Afghans have limited or no access to essential health services.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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