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Afghanistan's sorrow: Cruel winter claims lives of children

Afghanistan's coldest winter in years has claimed the lives of dozens of children. ITN's Emma Murphy visited one camp outside of Kabul.

 

KABUL – Afghanistan's coldest winter in years has claimed the lives of dozens of children.

Many of the young victims froze to death in makeshift camps full of families fleeing the fighting in Helmand Province.

Their desperate situation is made worse by aid agencies unable to get supplies to help them.

The Afghan government has recorded 41 deaths from freezing in three provinces, including Kabul, Ghor and Badakhshan, Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Sakhi Kargar told The Associated Press. All but three or four of those deaths were children, he said.  

Twenty-four of the deaths were mostly in camps for families seeking safety from conflict.

ITN’s Emma Murphy visited one camp outside of Kabul.