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Ghazni officials accused of stealing aid meant for IDPs

Ghazni officials accused of stealing aid meant for IDPs

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Dec 06, 2017 - 20:53

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A number of war-displaced families in southern Ghazni province on Wednesday accused government officials of stealing aid coming in their name.

Khan Mohammad, who fled home due to clashes in their home town Nawa district about one year ago and arrived in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had not received aid since taking refuge in Ali Lala area.

“We fled war and came here, but no one has so far inquired about us. I pay 3,000 afs in rent. Aid comes in our name, but is distributed among government officials.”

When asked if he could prove his claim, Mohammad replied: “I have seen government men myself taking away relief goods -- there is no need for proof.”

Meanwhile, another displaced family’s head, Bibi Marwa, told Pajhwok: “My eldest son was killed in fighting and left behind wife and children. Since coming to Ghazni city, no one has extended us a helping hand.”

She said there was no breadwinner in her family and she monthly paid house rent besides arranging food and their family needs. She also alleged government officials gave aid to their relatives instead of needy people.

A resident of Ghazni City, Rahmatullah, said government officials used to add names of their employees or relatives to lists of eligible people.

“You can investigate this, only a few needy people had received aid in five years and the rest of assistance was taken home by government officials and strongmen.”

Some other displaced people also expressed similar views.

When contacted for comment about the issue, Ghazni Refugees Department head Khaliqdad Ahmadi said he had no good memories of interaction with the media and he had decided not to talk to media outlets anymore.

However, Ghazni governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, confirmed receiving complaints and photos showing aid meant for displaced and hapless people was looted by government officials.

He said serious investigations had been launched into the matter and the problem would be resolved soon.

Insecurity has displaced hundreds of families in Ghazni, who are now struggling with serious economic and healthinfo-icon problems.

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