0.2m Afghans could flee hunger, insecurity: ICRC

GENEVA (AFP) - The international Red Cross warned Monday that more than 200,000 people in the north of Afghanistan could be forced to leave their homes this winter because of drought, insecurity and rising food prices. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that it was working with the Afghan Red Crescent to meet the needs of 280,000 people in the northern and northwestern provinces of Kunduz, Balkh, Faryab and Badghis by distributing around 5,000 tonnes of food. "If we don't get food to these people quickly, they might be forced to leave their homes in the dead of winter," said Franz Rauchenstein, head of the ICRC's delegation in Afghanistan. Food parcels containing rice, beans, ghee, salt, white sugar and tea will be delivered to people in the most affected areas before the onset of winter, the ICRC said.

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