MSF Set To Open Center For IDPs In Afghanistan's Herat, Send Extra Staff - Representative

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MSF Set to Open Center for IDPs in Afghanistan's Herat, Send Extra Staff - Representative

International humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) intends to dispatch additional staff members to the western Afghan province of Herat and open a center to help internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region, Christopher Stokes, the MSF special representative in Afghanistan, told Sputnik

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th April, 2019) International humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) intends to dispatch additional staff members to the western Afghan province of Herat and open a center to help internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region, Christopher Stokes, the MSF special representative in Afghanistan, told Sputnik.

"We are expanding in Herat ... We are adding staff and we are opening a project for the displaced. There are several 100,000 displaced who have arrived in Herat over the last couple of months, they are fleeing both fighting and the drought because there has been a major problem with the rains in that area.

So we have expanded," Stokes said.

In 2018, serious drought hit western Afghanistan, putting additional strain on the plight of civilians suffering from the years-long conflict between the government and the Taliban movement.

In September, the United Nations warned that the humanitarian crisis triggered by the drought had displaced more people than the protracted internal conflict.

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