Archive for May 10th, 2012


UN “Appalled” by Conditions in Afghan Informal Settlements

Human Wrongs Watch

The top UN humanitarian official voiced concern over “unacceptable” conditions in informal settlements sheltering displaced people and former refugees in Afghanistan, and called for greater support for durable solutions to alleviate their hardship.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos (left), jokes with a group of young girls at a refugee camp in the Parwan Se district of Kabul, Afghanistan. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

“I was appalled by what I saw today and in particular the unacceptable conditions families are forced to endure in the heart of the capital city – women and children in particular,” said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, on 9 May after visiting the Parwan Se informal settlement in Kabul.

“More than a third of Afghanistan’s population has personal experience of displacement,” said Amos, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN reports.

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