Seventeen people - mostly children - have already died this winter in camps holding those internally displaced by the Afghan war, Amnesty International said today.
The deaths occurred in the first two weeks of January in Kabul and Herat provinces, which host most of the country's half a million internally displaced people.
Last winter about 100 people, mostly children and the elderly, lost their lives in the camps and the Afghan government had been urged to prevent a repeat of the tragedy this year.
In Herat province assistance reached refugees returning to Afghanistan from abroad, but aid to those internally displaced was apparently blocked after pressure from the provincial governor's office.
Local authorities were said to be concerned that offering aid to displaced people would encourage them to stay in camps instead of returning to their home provinces.
"Afghanistan and its donor partners should remember that safeguarding lives in these settlements is an obligation under international law," Amnesty said.
If you appreciated this article then please consider donating to the Morning Star's Fighting Fund to ensure we can keep developing your paper.
Donate to the Fighting Fund here
A government guided by common sense would respond to news that publicly owned Royal Mail has increased profits to £403 million by scrapping plans to flog off the service.
Wales TUC president sets out the achievements of Welsh workers over the past year - and looks to the battles ahead
Interview with Jeremy Scahill, author of a chilling new exposé of the US's worldwide war without end