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    A better life for nomads urged

    KABUL(PAN): The head of an organistion for Afghanistan’s Kuchi population on Thursday called for greater efforts to lift the nomads out of poverty.

    Ezatullah Ahmadzai, director of the Independent Directorate of Kuchi Affairs, made the call while addressing a gathering of government officials and representatives of various non-governmental organisations and foreign diplomats in Kabul.

    Over the past five years, he said, the ministries concerned had set up 162 schools, including mobile schools, and identified 500 pastures for Kuchis across the country.

    During the same period, he said, hospitals in three provinces and a mobile hospital covering Kuchis from 24 provinces had been established.

    Ahmadai said these facilities were not enough to help lift nomads out of poverty and bring changes to their socio-economic life.

    He said the conflict had a profound impact on Kuchi families, their way of life and their livelihoods.

    He called for the establishment of more health clinics, veterinary centres, pastures and the provision of clean drinking water.

    Habibur Rahman Afghan, a lawmaker at the Wolesi Jirga, and head of the parliamentary commission for displaced families and nomads, said no attention had been given to problems faced by nomads so far.