Afghanistan: thousands flee fighting

Tens of thousands of Afghan people have fled their homes in central and southern Afghanistan since the resurgence of the Taliban and the associated flare-up in fighting began in 2006. The fighting continues to this day. The provinces affected are Kandahar and Helmand and the western part of Uruzgan, where Dutch NATO troops are based.

UNHCR map 
Red indicates the highest number of displaced individuals
in Afghanistan’s unruly southern provinces (Source: UNHCR)

Two developments have caused people to flee their homes in the central southern provinces. On the one side, the Taliban movement and associated foreign fighters made a successful come-back in early 2006. In the same year, NATO took over the role of the United States in southern Afghanistan and moved units into areas where, until then, the Taliban had  been left alone by and large. The result was a marked increase in the amount of fighting.

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