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Ghor displaced families fear harsh winter, need aid

Ghor displaced families fear harsh winter, need aid

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Nov 11, 2019 - 16:26

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Around 1,300 displaced people are dire need of assistance for the fast-approaching winter in western Ghorinfo-icon province.

According to Ghor’s Refugee and Repatriate Department, 1,300 families have been living in Firozkoh City, the provincial capital, after being displaced by insecurity in Shahrak, Tolak, Saghar, Dawlatyar, Charsadah and Pasaband districts of the province.

The displaced families told Pajhwok Afghan News that they lived in rents and at relatives’ homes amid a poor economic situation.

They expressed deep concern about not receiving any help so far and were worried about the arrival of winter as they lacked fuel and warm cloths to protect their children from severe cold.

Walidad, 65, told Pajhwok he was displaced from Dawlina district to the capital city due to insecurity.

He said they left everything behind and was now living with his wife and four children at one of his relatives’ home.

He said no one had so far helped them including the Refugee Department and that winter was at their doorstep and they needed aid including food and fuel.

Bibi Hor, a displaced woman, said they were forced to leave home in Jawand district due to clashes between security forces and Talibaninfo-icon militants.

She told Pajhwok that she along with her children were living under a tent and she met her family’s needs by begging.

Abdul Hamid Nataqi, a member of the Provincial Council, told Pajhwok that a large number of families had been displaced from insecure districts to the provincial capital.

He said he had met several times with the displaced families who were leading a miserable life due to their bad economic situation.

He added if food and non-food items were not provided to them, many would lose their lives in winter.

However, Abdul Raouf Ghafori, head of the Refugee Department, told Pajhwok that they had provided assistance to 1,300 displaced families in the past two months and the aid-giving process was underway in the province.

He said they were trying to attain further aid from donor organizations for displaced families in future.

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