In winter 2008, I had a trip to central part of Afghanistan, Hazarajat. Shahrestan was quite warm because of its deep valleys located at lower altitude comparing to its adjacent district. However, the weather was still cold and brutal to bare skin. According to UNICEF report in 2005, over 100 deaths from the harsh weather have been reported so far across Afghanistan. Children were dying as a result of these poor weather conditions, particularly in the central areas, in the high mountainous areas, and up in the northeast of the country, which is a very rural and isolated part of Afghanistan
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