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Afghan families returning via Torkham need homes

Afghan families returning via Torkham need homes

Apr 27, 2015 - 17:09

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Afghan refugees returning from Pakistaninfo-icon via Torkham border needed more assistance then what they have been receiving, officials said on Monday.

They said around 8,399 families had returned from Pakistan via Torkham over the past three months alone, with hardly 10 percent of the families receiving assistance.

The Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA), the International Organization for Migrationinfo-icon (IoM), UNICEF and the Worldinfo-icon Food Programme have been assisting the families.

But refugee official in Torkham, Mohammad Jan, said the assistance had been insufficient. He said scores of poor families had been delivered relief items, but they needed further assistance. He said most of the returning families could not even afford transport fare.

He said the Refugee and Repatriation Department had registered a number of returning families as homeless and they would be provided relief once they were settled.

IoM official Saidur Rahman said they had been providing each family with 58 kg of edible items including wheat.

Provincial Refugee and Repatriation Director Haji Ghulam Haider urged the central government provide homes to homeless returnees since the number of such families had recently increased.

Ahmed Zia Abdulzai, the governor’s spokesman, also confirmed the number of refugees’ returning from Pakistan had increased. 

Niaz Mohammad, a 65-year old Afghan, who recently returned from Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region, said that the Pakistani police continued to harass Afghan refugees.

Mohammad left Afghanistaninfo-icon nearly 30 years ago and returned to his motherland where he has no land to build a house for his family.

He confirmed receiving some assistance on return, but urged the government to provide him a piece for land for building a house.


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