A senior UNHCR official during her visit to Kabul stated that millions of people in Afghanistan had been displaced and needed immediate assistance.

On Sunday, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Kelly Clements, with a delegation, visited Kabul.

“I’m in the country [Afghanistan] to advocate for support, including for those returning home, & the need to uphold their rights,” she explained her trip’s purpose.

Afghan people, particularly women and children, she believes, need access to their rights and should be permitted to engage in social life.

Kelly Clements has also stated that she will meet with the Taliban officials, during her visit to Kabul.

Afghanistan has been forgotten, the United Nations official conceded.

“This is a critical time for the country and the Afghan people,” she remarked. “At a time when the world’s attention is focused on other concerns like displacement, conflicts in other countries, and other crises, the needs of the Afghan people are critically vital, and that is one of the reasons why I have come to this country.”

According to a UN report released in March, more than 700,000 people were displaced in Afghanistan last year.

More than 5.5 million people have been displaced in Afghanistan in recent years as a result of war, drought, and natural catastrophes, according to the report.

Over 2.2 million Afghans with legal documents live in Iran and Pakistan, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Many as three million people are thought to be seeking asylum illegally in these two countries.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).