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Roads to Khakrez district shut, residents face famine

Roads to Khakrez district shut, residents face famine

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May 13, 2019 - 17:21

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of Khakrez district in southern Kandahar province demand the reopening of roads leading to the district and say no steps have been taken to reopen the routes.

They say no food items could be transferred to the district since the closure of the roads and as a result, the residents are facing famine in the holy month of Ramadaninfo-icon.

The residents add some people, including womeninfo-icon and children, who are suffering from different diseases have been trapped.

Haji Muhiuddin, a resident of Khakrez, who came to Kandahar City two or three weeks earlier, has been unable to return home due to the closure of roads.

The Talibaninfo-icon have closed the main road leading to the district while police on indirect roads have established check-points and did not allow people to travel, Muhiuddin said, adding he had been trapped at a time when he had run out of money.

“There is a shortage of food items in the district and the people may face famine if food items are not delivered.”

The residents asked both the warring sides to address public concerns and not create problems for people in the holy month of Ramadan.

Governor’s spokesman Aziz Ahmad said militants pressured residents of Shah Maqsud area to leave their homes and had planted landmines in some areas and did not allow people to move.

He said some residents had migrated to Kandahar City from Khakrez as a result of pressures from militants.

The Taliban, however, said the Khakrez-Kandahar road had been closed to prevent the movement of security personnel not common people.

The Khakrez district is situated 60 kilometers north of Kandahar City. Some areas of the district are in Taliban’s control.

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