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  • Internally displaced Afghan children stand outside a shelter on the outskirts of Herat City on January 20, 2015.

    Internally displaced Afghan children stand outside a shelter on the outskirts of Herat City on January 20, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

Between January 1 and August 22, more than 200,000 people from 30 provinces in Afghanistan reportedly left their homes.

The ongoing war in Afghanistan has displaced a staggering  200,000 people in just eight months this year, according to the United Nations (UN). 

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Between January 1 and August 22, more than 200,000 people from 30 provinces in Afghanistan left their homes, a United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report said. 

The numbers have risen at a staggering rate since March, according to the UN, with 26,089 people being displaced since the beginning of January.

The agency also estimated that nearly 450,000 people will be internally displaced, this year, as over 653,000 civilians fled their homes in 2016. 

A vast majority – nearly 41 percent – of those who are displaced come from the northern region of the country, while 17 percent belonged to the eastern region. 

As the United States strengthens its grip on the region, the number of individuals displaced due to conflict is expected to rise. 

Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January, the U.S. airstrikes on Afghanistan have spiked dramatically, from 1,074 in 2016 to 2,244 as of Aug. 20 this year. 

Referencing Trump's latest military strategy, for the region, that he announced last week, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan is preparing for more airstrikes. 

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