Kunduz IDPs population rises to 100,000 persons: Balkhi
KABUL (Pajhwok): Refugee and Repatriation Minister Syed Hussain Alemi Balkhi on Sunday put the number of people displaced by the conflict from nothern Kunduz to other provinces at more than 100,000 individuals.
Talking journalists in Kabul, Balkhi said a special team of his ministry had registered 20,000 families -- 100,000 people -- that have recently been displaced.
“Of these families, 11,000 have moved to Takhar, 1,000 families to Badakhshan, 613 to Balkh, 3,000 to Kabul, 1,640 to Baghlan, 150 to Parwan, 50 to Panjshir and 50 families to Sar-i-Pul province,” he explained.
According to Balkhi, his ministry did not have specific budget for assisting the displaced people, but they were trying to identify them and attract assistance for them from relevant national and international organisations.
“Financial and food aid have been delivered in Takhar, Badakhshan, Balkh and Baghlan provinces. But in Kabul, Panjshir, Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Parwan the registration process is ongoing and once it’s over the aid agencies would start distributing their aid.”
He said currently 14 survey teams of the refugee ministry were busy working to ascertain the number of displaced people from Kunduz.
He said they faced space problem for displaced people in Kabul and in the next few days, they would identify two to three places for them.
The Taliban insurgents on September 28 overrun Kunduz city for three days before they were pushed back by security forces.
According to local officials, the conflict and its continuation have left dozens killed and hundreds wounded.
The refugee minister also said at the annual UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Executive Committee (EXCOM) meeting on October 5 in Geneva, the need for assisting Afghan asylum seekers in Europe was also raised.
At the meeting, he said, Afghanistan demanded $500 million from the international community for repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran and the IDPs that were supported by some countries.
Currently five million Afghan refugees live in neighboring Iran and Pakistan and a considerable number of youth are leaving the country due to instability and unemployment.
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