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IDPs seek solution to their problems as they have nothing to celebrate Eid

IDPs seek solution to their problems as they have nothing to celebrate Eid

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have demanded the government to provide them with work opportunities as they have been facing multiple challenges.

Nearly 1,000 displaced families have been living in tents and mud houses for about eight years on the outskirts of 5th police district in Qamber square capital Kabul.  

Majority of IDP families are residents of different provinces, particularly Helmand and Kandahar.

Haji Torab, an elderly displace person hailing from Helmand, told Pajhwok Afghan News due to challenges and problems IDPs here could not celebrate their Eid.

“Edi celebration is for these who are economically sound, have their own house, make new clothes and have less problems but IDPs here have nothing to cherish about and celebrate Eid with joy,” he said.

“With periodical assistance such as food, wood, blanket and other items our problems cannot be resolved, asking the government to provide them with jobs and basic help,” said Haji Torab.

Shamsuddin, 45, another resident of Helmand, now living in this place with his family, said that when he lived in Helmand, he celebrated Eid by wearing new clothes, preparing various foods and fruits, but now he was unable to find three times food for his family.

He complained the government did not assist them the way it should and failed to provided them opportunities for work.

“Most of the days, our youths go to the market in search of work, but return empty hands. A number of other displaced persons in the area also expressed the similar opinion and said that if the government wants to help them, it is better to provide them work.

Dozens of IDPs also live in Parwan-e-Dow in Kabul in tents and mud houses.

Hafizullah, one of the displaced, and resident of Tagab district of Kapisa province, said “Eid has no value for us, the day we find something to feed our families is Edi for us. We are struggling day and night for bringing a bite of breads to our family.

He also added that sometimes the government or charity organization provided them assistance, but that could not resolved the problem on permanent bases and for this purpose the government should generate jobs and work opportunities.

Bibi Halima, 65, a displaced woman, said “My two children were killed, so we had to move from Tagab, we had no other shelter to go, we lived for one year here. She said there are no young and adult men in her family, and her grandsons were responsible to bring food and accommodate them.

“The people who do not have food and house how they can celebrate Eid, my little grandsons who work in bus station in Sraye Shamali can only buy bread.

She called on the government, donor organizations and national businessmen to help displaced people, because we have lost our breadwinners due to war besides losing property.

Obaidullah, one of those displaced persons in Affshar area of Kabul, said we do not have any Eid, It should be celebrated when we made new cloths, foods and fruit.

He complained:  “we are not Iranian, Pakistani and Indian, we have right in this homeland, and our government must provide us with the field of work and facilitate our life, either in our provinces or in Kabul.

Hafizullah Meakhel, media advisor of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, said that nearly 10,000 internally displaced families are currently living in Kabul.

He added that the displaced people are from Helmand, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Logar and Northern provinces of the country.

According to Meakhel, the initial assistance has been provided with the displaced families and the ministry evaluating them each week with charity organizations and provides food aids with the deserved families.

“The MoRR works with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs on a plan to provide them with jobs,” he said in response to job search for displaced people.


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