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Waziristan refugees in Paktika need assistance

Waziristan refugees in Paktika need assistance

Sep 14, 2016 - 12:21

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Driven from their homes by war, hundreds of refugees from the Waziristan tribal region in southern Paktika province say they are in acute need of shelter and other essentials.

Around three months back, 350 families from Dera Ismail Khan and South Waziristan areas across the Durand Lineinfo-icon streamed to the Sarobi district of Paktika.

On behalf of refugees in Sarobi, Izzatullah told Pajhwok Afghan News besides lack of shelter, they were faced with many other problems including their poor financial situation.

“Pakistani forces have brutally forced us to leave our homes and come here. We are now unable for purchaseeven a tent to live in and bread to eat,” he remarked.

Izzatullahsaid the displaced families were given no right to travel through Torkham, a legal border crossing between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon.

Another refugee, Abdul Ahad, estimated around 350 refugee families were living in Sarobi.He said the families were living under the open sky and suffered many problems.

“We have no house neither food, our children and womeninfo-icon are suffering illness, we have no jobs, many of our belongings lost when we were drove away,” he said.Most of the returning families returned were residents of Logar, Paktia, Paktika and Ghazni provinces, he added.

A number of other refugees, holding similar views, asked the government to resolve their problems. Abdul Wakil Jalalzai, a civil societyinfo-icon activist in Sarobi district, alleged Pakistan had recently forced many families to leave the country.He said the families were living in Sarobi and Orgun districts amid many problems.

Refugees and Repatriation Director Ihsanullah said they had no information about the displaced families in Sarobi.The households that legally returned to the country are helped by the department. Ihsanullah said his department would assist them when possible.

About a year ago, thousands of families fled to Orgun, Barmal and other areas of Paktika province after the Pakistan Army launched a major offensive against militants in the tribal region near the Afghan border.


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