Wazir families facing many problems in Paktika
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Refugees from Pakistan’s tribal region of North and South Waziristan say they have been facing a number of problems concerning livelihood, education and health while living in Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province.
Thousands of families migrated from Waziristan after the Pakistani military launched a major operation against militants in June last year.
Mirza Khan, a refugee from Waziristan, told Pajhwok Afghan News more than 26,000 families had migrated to Barmal district, where almost all the families faced several issues.
He said the families needed shelter and access to jobs, education and health facilities. “We live on the outskirts of the district centre where we don’t have any school, health clinic amid financial problems.”
Malak Mullah Jan, a Wazir tribe elder, complained they had been facing several problems over the past few months, but were yet to be assisted.
“A 50kg sack of flour is sold for 5,000 Pakistani rupees which we cannot afford,” he added. “Our children are out of school since we have no school here and we take our patients to Pakistan,” he said.
He said the Barmal district chief had asked them to go and stay in a refugee camp where they would be assisted. “But we have constructed two and three room houses and we want to stay here. We needed assistance on emergency basis,” he requested.
Mohammad Kazim Haqpal, the provincial refugee and repatriation director, said the Wazrisitan families had been assisted several times and the process continued.
He said 11,534 refugee families had been registered with his department so far. “Barmal is a border district and some families might have left before their registration, but UNHCR and WFP have assisted most of these families.”
Dr. Wali, the civil hospital director, said the UN had dispatched mobile health teams to Barmal few months ago, but the teams had recently returned. He said the refugee families could easily visit health clinics for treatment in Barmal and Marghai district, he concluded.
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