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Increased Violence Means More Displacement

Afghan Civilians are in increasing danger as intensifying military campaigns amongst splintered insurgent groups are up by 50% since last year, with over 250,00 people displaced from their homes in the past two years. This rise of violence, with even some local militia members being hired by the Afghan Local Police (ALP) at the behest of poweful warlords, stands in marked contrast with the United States' assertions of reduced conflicts.  The combined harships wrought on by increased conflict and a drought in the north, increasing food prices, and assisted by only minimal support from their government, has left Afghanistan's most vulnerable with limited choices for security and survival.
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One of the most prevalent concerns articulated to RI's advocates was in regards to the children's education, as that was viewed by many of the elders as being the long-term hope for a better future.