Afghanistan faces a humanitarian crisis as 360,000 Afghans displaced this year – BBC Newsnight

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An upsurge in insurgent violence has left the western backed-government in Afghanistan fighting for its life.

The situation in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand Province where Britain fought its campaign, is still critical – with national forces limited to a small toehold.

Meanwhile the peace of the capital itself was shattered today with a bomb attack – believed to be targeted on the defence minister’s home.

Babar Baloch, Global spokesperson for UNHCR – the UN’s refugee agency – tells Newsnight the worsening situation in Afghanistan has forced an estimated 360,000 from their homes since January – 60% of them children – bringing the total to 3.5 million.

Newsnight’s Emir Nader reports. Mark Urban is also joined by Afghan activist Mariam Wardak.

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    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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