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Listening to Women and Girls Displaced to Urban Afghanistan


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Children & young people, Evidence, Health, Internal Displacement, Protection, human rights & security, Psychosocial, Refugees/IDPs, Urban
Agency:NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
Author(s):Schmeidl, S. and Tyler, D.
Start date:January 2015

IDPs are increasingly settling in urban areas of Afghanistan. This brings with it new challenges and barriers for these people to overcome, not least for female IDPs who - as this report highlights – are disproportionately at risk in this new setting. Displacement from rural to urban areas results in loss of financial capital, natural resources and important social connections for women and girls. In this insightful and delicate portrayal of life for female IDPs in Afghanistan, the NRC gives a voice to a group so often silenced and overlooked in Afghan society. These powerful testimonies provide rich qualitative evidence of the physical and mental impact that urban displacement has on female IDPs.


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