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Nangarhar Kochis say enduring multiple hardships

Nangarhar Kochis say enduring multiple hardships

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Dec 01, 2019 - 17:15

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A number of Kochi tribesmen based in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday complained about lack of access to educationinfo-icon and healthcare facilities.

However, Kochi affairs department officials say 18 schools have been constructed in different areas and two hospitals, including one mobile clinic, for the nomads.

Most of the Kochis move to north parts of the country during spring and return to Nangarhar during winter.

The nomads claim losing most of their meadows due to the ongoing conflict and their urgency to displace to other places.

Mohammad Hassan, a Kochi living in Kashkot area of Khewa district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they lived a mobile life and facilities should be provided to them that way.

He complained they were deprived of basic living facilities and their children grew up among cattle without education.

Another Kochi Mohammad Nadar, who lives in Sarbaland area of Kama district, said they were faced with multiple problems due to insecurity in the country but their huge problem was lack of healthcare services and education.

A number of other Kochis held similar views and urged the authorities concerned to address their problems.

However, Abdullah Khogyani, an official at the Kochi affairs department, told Pajhwok they had constructed 18 schools and two clinics for the Kochi people across the province.

He said efforts were underway to provide further facilities to the Kochi people in near future.

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