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Over 300,000 people displaced in Afghanistan in 2019

Over 300,000 people displaced in Afghanistan in 2019

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May 28, 2019 - 18:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Refugees and Repatriation Minister Sayed Hussain Alami Balkhi says a total of 318,591 people displaced from their homes in 2019 but 57,057 of them have moved back to their areas.

Balkhi expressed these views during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in his office today.

The minister said 36,309 people were displaced by the conflict in Nangarhar, Faryab, Helmand, Farah, Takhar, Kunduz and Balkh provinces this year while 6,968 of these families had returned to their homes.

He said 9,257 of these families were also assisted with aid provided by the international community.

Balkhi said he had received promises of 140 million afghanis in assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Herat and Badghis provinces to reduce their problems and help them go back to their homes.

"The families who go back to their own areas are helped by the Ministry of Finance by providing them transport costs and some cash as primary assistance”, he said.

A number of participants of the Cabinet meeting expressed concern over the absence of representatives of international organizations in some provinces and asked the Ministry of Finance to allocate some budget for such areas so the IDPs in such locations were assisted.

They said most of the people left their areas due to security problems. The meeting said Sabz Township in Herat owned by the Hajjinfo-icon and Islamic Affairs Department was handed over to the department of refugees and repatriation.

The meeting said 203,214 Afghan refugees have returned to their country so far in 2019.

CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah directed the organs concerned to provide emergency aid to families displaced by floods in Herat and Badghis provinces and help IDPs who wanted to return to their areas.

He said that internal capacities and resources should be increased in provinces where international organizations had no presence.

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