Afghan day laborers wait for customers in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid) By Ahmad Jamshid
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A new report by Amnesty International says that every day, 400 people join the ranks of the half a million Afghans displaced by fighting and natural disaster.
Thursday's report says up to 35,000 of these internally displaced persons are living in temporary camps in the Afghan capital. Their plight has been aggravated by the worst cold snap and heaviest snowfall Kabul has experienced in 15 years.
Amnesty's researcher Horia Mosadiq says thousands of people are living in freezing, cramped conditions and on the brink of starvation.
The report says displacements are on the rise with an estimated 91,000 Afghans having fled their homes because of the conflict in the first six months of 2011. That was up 46 percent from the first half of 2010.