UN Warns of Worsening Situation for Displaced Afghans
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been displaced from their homes because of continuing violence in the country.
They face severe hardship as the country's harsh winter approaches.
The United Nations calls these people "internally-displaced persons." They include both those who fled their homes and those forced to return to Afghanistan from neighboring countries. The UN says more than one million people will be in this situation by the end of the year.
VOA spoke with some of the refugees. VOA learned that many of them are helped for just one month. Those who have been displaced for longer than that struggle to find help. Noor Mohammed is one of them.
"I've been here from Sangin for seven or eight years because there is war there. We have no facilities here. Look, these kids are playing in the dirt. They don't go to school - there are no health facilities. Winter is coming and we have nothing to deal with it."
Most of those at risk are women and children. International aid groups believe they are vulnerable to harm, including women like Najeeba.
"The government is not helping us at all. They've just left us in these tents without any facilities."
The U.N. has warned that the number of Afghans displaced from their homes because of war may increase by the end of the year. But the amount of help is growing smaller as the number of refugees rises.
I'm Bryan Lynn.
1.harsh winter 严冬
His family wouldn't survive the harsh winter.
2.neighboring countries 邻国；周边国家
China's neighboring countries, Russia, India and Thailand all have aircraft carriers.
3.at risk 处于危险中
The crisis could well place the relationship at risk.
4.international aid 国际援助
The international aid agencies have quality concerns similar to most buyers in the private sector.
1.They don't go to school - there are no health facilities.
health facilities 卫生设施
Awareness in communities and governments for resilient health facilities is key.
The impact of the disease on the few health facilities in the affected areas is enormous.
2.Winter is coming and we have nothing to deal with it."
deal with 处理；应付
He's a hard man to deal with.
They have not finalized the deal with the government.
联合国将这些难民称为“境内流离人口” 。包括逃离阿富汗以及被邻国强行遣返回阿富汗的难民 。联合国称，今年年末，超一百万人将处于无家可归的窘境 。
美国之音采访了数位难民 。据了解，他们中很多都只有一个月的救助 。而无家可归超过一个月的人只得另想它法 。Noor Mohammed就是其中的一员 。
“当年桑金发生了动乱，之后我搬到这里也有七八年的光景了 。如今，这里也缺乏各种设施、资源 。看，孩子们整天跟泥巴玩耍 。他们无学可上——学校里边无任何保健设施 。寒冬临近，我们却束手无策 。”
妇女和儿童是主要的濒危人群 。国际救援组织表示，这类人群容易受到伤害，包括像Najeeba这样的女性 。
“政府对此冷眼旁观 。他们只是让我们呆在这空空如也的帐篷里 。”
联合国警告称，今年年底，因战乱流离失所的阿富汗难民的数量可能会继续增长 。但救济的速度跟不上难民数量的上涨速度 。