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Ghazni IDPs in miserable situation, say officials

Ghazni IDPs in miserable situation, say officials

Nov 01, 2016 - 15:15

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of war-displaced families in southern Ghazni province are faced with multiple problems, a local public representative said on Tuesday.

Provincial council head Hamidullah Nawroz told Pajhwok Afghan News a large number of families had been displaced by recent clashes in the restive province.

“We have received many complaints from civilians. Some say their houses have been hit by mortar shells. We have discussed the issue with authorities concerned,” he said

Governor Abdul Karim Matin acknowledged some families had been displaced. He, however, did not have exact figures for the displaced people saying only 138 families had been relocated from Giro district.

Matin pledged the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) would be provided assistance under a proper programme. Security forces had launched an offensive to purge the areas of rebels, he said.

Mohammad Akram, a resident of the Nani area of Giro district, claimed fighting had been going on in village over the past three months.

He said people living near the district centre had to shift to other places; they were faced with huge economic problems.

He added the Talibaninfo-icon had forced some families to leave because of possible civilian casualties, Akram deplored no government organisation or NGO had provided them with assistance.

Lal Mohammad, hailing from the Kodlo locality of Zankhan district, said: “I am living in a rented house in the Ali Lala area of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, after migrating from my own village because of fighting and economic problems.”

He said schools were closed and many homes targeted by mortar shells. Subsequently, he added, people were in a state of insecurity and had to leave their homes. Most areas of the district are under Taliban’s control.

Ramin Ayaz Ahmad, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Kabulinfo-icon, said his organisation had information about the problems faced by the IDPs in Ghazni’s Giro district.

He said ICRC distributed necessary food items, blankets and tents among the displaced people. 

Besides Ghazni, people from Helmand, Uruzgan, Nangarhar and some other province have also been displaced due to the ongoing conflict.


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