Nato and Afghan troops are preparing for a major offensive against Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan.
Ahead of the operation, thousands of civilians have fled their homes near the Marjah area of Helmand province.
Many will be going to displacement camps near the capital, Kabul.
But as Al Jazeera's David Chater reports, conditions there are dismal.
Rations of firewood are scarce as temperatures plummet below zero at night.
Content on this website is for general information purposes only.
Your comments are provided by your own free will and you take sole responsibility for any direct or indirect
liability. You hereby provide us with an irrevocable, unlimited, and global license for no consideration to
use, reuse, delete or publish comments, in accordance with Community
Rules & Guidelines and Terms and