Displaced Afghans say cold killed their newborns

Displaced Afghan families called for help on Sunday, saying newborn babies are dying because of the winter cold.

There have been warnings Afghanistan could face a catastrophic famine this winter, and humanitarian aid has begun to trickle in.

But none of it has reached this group of displaced people.

This woman gave her name as Halima.

"So far around four to five babies were born here and then they died due to the cold. Yesterday, an elder man and a child who went on the streets to earn money for buying food had a car accident and both died. We are in a very tough situation."

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said about 50,000 Afghans from different provinces who were displaced by recent conflicts have moved to Kabul.

Even before the Taliban's victory over the Western-backed government in Kabul two months ago, more than 18 million Afghans, or about half the population, needed humanitarian aid, according to the UNHCR.

The freezing weather underlined the urgency in getting assistance to thousands of displaced. Many have fled from the provinces and are sleeping in tents or improvised accommodation around the city.

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