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Badakhshan displaced families demand winter aid



Badakhshan displaced families demand winter aid

Oct 20, 2019 - 17:09

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok):  Four hundred displaced people have been distributed cash assistance in northeastern Badakhshan province while 7,000 families need aid ahead of winter.

According to the provincial Refugee and Repatriate Department, 6,600 families have been living in Faizabad due to insecurity and lawlessness in their own areas.

Each displaced family out of total 400 had received 12,000 afghanis cash assistance from the Department of Refugees.

Abdul Wahid Tayyibi, head of the Refugee Department, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “currently 12,000 afs cash is being distributed to each family. We have 7,000 displaced persons in Badakhshan who live in the provincial capital and districts and we are worried about their living condition.”

Recipients not happy with the aid

Zeba Gul, a resident of Duab village in Shewa district who received the assistance, said: “This assistance is nothing. Winter is at our doorstep, we need more aid including food and fuel because we would face a lot of problems.”

Her husband was a policeman who was killed during fighting with Talibaninfo-icon militants and she currently lives in Faizabad City with her eight family members.

“My children are small, we live in a rented home. If my kids get sick in winter what would I do,” she asked.

Call for equal distribution of aid to everyone in need

Azizullah, a resident of Bashond village in Warduj district, said he was living in Faizabad for the last three years and faced multiple problems for lack of job.

“The winter is coming fast and we have no wood to burn them in winter. I wish we could have received the assistance.”

Naimatullah, another displaced, said he had no money to buy firewood to keep his home warm in winter and the assistance he received was insufficient.

Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Wahab Najdi, a representative of the displaced persons from Warduj district, said they were in bad condition and their situation could worsen if not assisted before winter.

Officials’ response:

Abdul Wahid Tayyibi, Refugees and Repatriation director, said: “We distributed food items and cash assistance to displaced persons from Arghanj Khwa district, which was not enough and we are worried about their living condition specially children.” He added the ministry had been informed about future threats the displaced people faced.

Deputy Governor Akhtar Mohammad Khairzada acknowledged the assistance provided to displaced persons was not enough.


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