Imam Sahib IDPs ask govt to facilitate their return
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): More than 3,000 families who have been displaced from Imam Sahib district to the provincial capital of northern Kunduz province on Monday urged the government to facilitate their return.
Imam Sahib district fell to the Taliban on September 30, but government forces wrested back the district after one day. However, the insurgents are still active in remote parts of the district.
More than 30,000 families fled insecurity in Alif Birdi, Aaq Masjid, Naghma Bazaar, Gumbad, Qatar Balaq and some other villages of the district over the past two months, the provincial council chief, Mohammad Yousuf Ayubi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the internally displaced persons (IDPs) had no jobs and faced acute shortage of food and were exposed to bad weather conditions. If their problems were not addressed timely, a serious humanitarian crisis was inevitable, he said.
“I and my family live with relatives in their house. I daily go to the bazaar in search of work, but return home hopeless. The government is yet to assist us,” one of the IDPs, Mohiuddin, who migrated to Kunduz City with his six family members, said.
He said they had never faced such problems in their own home and area, but it was the conflict that forced them to flee homes. He asked the government to facilitate them in returning to their homes.
Another IDP, Imamuddin Quraishi, said insurgents outnumbered security forces in the Imam Sahib district and the central government should send reinforcements to launch clearing operations.
Provincial acting refugee and repatriation director Hamdullah Danishi said they had assisted the IDPs with whatever aid was available with them. He said the displaced families would be assisted in their return once their areas were cleared of militants.
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