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Favoritism alleged in aid to Khogyani IDPs

Favoritism alleged in aid to Khogyani IDPs

Dec 04, 2017 - 18:12

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Internally displaced families in the Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar province have alleged favoritism and disorganization in aid distribution to them.

Some 10,000 families have been displaced in the district due to latest clashes between Talibaninfo-icon and Daesh rival factions.

The clashes erupted about two weeks ago, with thousands of families fleeing to Chamtali desert and other areas.

Some families have moved to the homes of their relatives but a majority of them have either built mud-made homes or erected tests for themselves.

One of them, Shukrullah, a resident of Sandali area, has erected a tent for his family in Gambir desert. He said aid never reached him because it was always given to those known by local influential figures.


An elderly woman from Bar Bahar area, Bas Gula, has installed a tent near the road, where she lives with her daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

The grandmother complained protecting children from cold was a daunting task. “The children cry all the night due to severe cold.”

Gula said no aid had reached her family so far but she had seen aid giving individuals coming to their tents. “The assistance that comes is given to those who have connections.”

Public representatives also confirmed the allegations of the displaced families and termed the process as symbolic and disorganized.

Nangarhar provincial council head Ahmad Ali Hazrat told Pajhwok Afghan News that elders and residents from Khogyani district daily complained to them about the Refugee Department’s discrimination in aid distribution to the displaced families.

“People come here on a daily basis, but if we criticize the government for not giving assistance to the displaced families, the government blames public representatives of working for their own interests.”

Another member of the Provincial Council, Javed Zaman, also tribal elder from Khogyani district, said the aid giving process to displaced families in Khogyani was not transparent and should be monitored.

He said thousands of families had been displaced by recent violence in the district and aid only reached those who had links with officials.

But the provincial government spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani said the aid process had been transparent and Governor Gulab Mangal himself oversaw it.

He said currently 20 teams were busy surveying the displaced families. He said almost half of the ten thousands displaced families had received aid.

In addition to Khogyani, thousands of families have been displaced in nearby three districts of Shinwari zone and Pachirawgam district.


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