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UN warns of up to 500,000 more Afghan refugees by year end

Poeple evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Poeple evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The United Nations says it is bracing for a possible exodus from Afghanistan of up to half a million more refugees by the end of 2021.

“We are preparing for around 500,000 new refugees in the region. This is a worst-case scenario,” Kelly Clements, the deputy high commissioner of the UN refugee agency, tells reporters.

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