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Thousands of IDPs who fled NATO-initiated military operations in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in February 2010 are still unable to return home due to Taliban threats and the presence of improvised explosive devices in their home areas. According to a report by UN OCHA's IRIN news service, 900 families in the Helmand provincial capital Lashkargah urgently need food and other life-saving assistance to feed their children through the winter. According to IRIN, another 1,600 families displaced by fighting in Kandahar and Helmand were also without assistance. NATO roadblocks and Taliban attacks have prevented civilians from accessing basic health services and humanitarian agencies from distributing food to those in need.