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Waziristan refugees allege anomalies in aid distribution

Waziristan refugees allege anomalies in aid distribution

Jan 19, 2016 - 16:26

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Refugees from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in southeastern Khost province have alleged massive irregularities in distribution of aid.

Hundreds of refuges in the Gulan camp of Gorbaz district and demanded more assistance to meet their needs. They beat drums and performed the traditional dance called Atanas a mark of protest.

According to the tribesmen displaced from the Pakistani tribal region, they were not given even 50 percent of the aid from foreign or Afghan sources.

Haji Janan, one of the elderly refugees, said: “We are protesting here and raising our voice against unjust distribution of aid. Till now, we have been sellingour cows, goats and other things.”

He claimed large-scale anomalies had been committed in aid distribution and the refugees had received very little assistance.

Salim Khan, another refugee, suggested the biometric system should be removed, as aid distribution under the system caused problems. The system enabled Pakistani border guards to recognise Waziristanis. 

“We want the biometric system is unacceptable to us; it should be uninstalled. Each refugee family should be given 100 kilograms of wheat flour, seven kilograms of pulses and 10 kg of cooking oil,” he demanded.

Umaruddin Wazir, another man from Waziristan, said they had been faced with a serious scarcity of food items and drinking water.

As many as 30,000 refugees from NWA had been registered in Khost, of them 10,000 were living in the Gulan camp.

He warned of a grave humanitarian crisis if the United Nations did not take effective steps with a sense of urgency to address the plight of the refugee families.

“We need so many things like flour, tea, ghee and other food items. By the same token, we are also in need of blankets and warm clothing,” he added.

Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, the governor’s spokesman, said they had already assessed the refugees’ problems and were trying to divert donors’ assistance to their needs.

“Refugee crises in other countries of the worldinfo-icon, particularly Syria, have had a negative impact of international assistance to the Khost-based Waziristani families,” he explained.



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