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Helmand IDPs sans work, shelter in Kandahar

Helmand IDPs sans work, shelter in Kandahar

Jun 03, 2017 - 23:37

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Families, who fled violence in their home province of Helmand and migrated to southern Kandahar province, say they are leading a life full of miseries and no one has assisted them so far.

Members of the displaced families told reporters at the press club in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, that the government should provide them assistance.

They said they lived in tough conditions due to joblessness and lack of shelter since arriving in Kandahar from Helmand’s Sangin, Marha and other troubled districts due to insecurity.

One of them, Haji Mohammad Daud, who fled to Kandahar from Sangin district about six months ago due clashes between security forces and militants, said more than 70 families had arrived from Helmand in Kandahar.

He said the families had so far received no aid and joblessness and lack of shelter had made their lives miserable.

Haji Mohammad Asif, another displaced person, said the government should improve security in their areas so they could return home.

Kandahar refugee affairs director Mohammad Azeem Nawabi said the same families had been once assisted by aid giving organizations and his department lacked resources to assist them again.

However, he said they had launched efforts at assisting the displaced families, rejecting allegations of corruption against the refugee department. He said it was policy of aid giving agencies that displaced families were assisted once.

He said construction work on a township for 24000 families was nearing completion and efforts would be made to provide shelter to war-affected families in the scheme.

Kandahar has been hosting thousands of internally displaced families. Nawabi said 14500 families arrived from Helmand, Uruzgan, Zabul and from various districts of Kandahar to the provincial capital, Kandahar City.

He confirmed the families led a miserable life.


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