Over 20 children have died in Kabul’s informal displacement camps. Around 30,000 Afghans live in the camps, most originated from the South where they fled fighting in Helmand and Kandahar.

Although the country has received over $60 billion dollars in nonmilitary aid, the camps remain unprepared for the cold and disease have lately become common. Government officials have expressed skepticism that the children could all have died of cold, saying the deaths were unregistered and not reviewed by medical personnel, while at the same time blaming the international aid providers for not sending more supplies.

Private Afghan companies and businessmen and some charitable groups have begun to distribute food, fuel, winter clothing, blankets, tents and cash support in the camps, but so far the effort has been sporadic and incomplete.

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[February 2012]