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Displaced Ghazni families in dire need of help



Displaced Ghazni families in dire need of help

Aug 06, 2018 - 19:15

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of families, displaced by continued clashes in Andar and Qarabagh districts of southern Ghazni province, are in urgent need of help.

The clashes between Afghan forces and Talibaninfo-icon gunmen in the two districts have been ongoing over the past three months.

Abdul Latif, a resident of Jamalkhel area of Andar district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that hundreds of families had been displaced from Meri, Chardiwal, Sardar Kala, Sahib Khan, Chenar, Abdullah Gul, Abdur Rahimkhel and Jamalkhel areas due to the clashes.

He said the families displacing to Ghazni City, the provincial capital, were in dire need of assistance because most of them had left behind their belongings in their villages.

Mohammad Salim, a resident of Meri area of Andar district, said that clashes between the Taliban and Afghan forces erupted two months ago and still continued.

He said the Ghazni-Paktika highway remained closed for traffic due to the ongoing conflict.

“Taliban have come close to the district center, they launch attacks on the district center four to five times in a week,” he said.

Rahmatullah, a resident of Qarabagh district of Ghazni, said intense fighting was ongoing between the Afghan forces and the Taliban over the past two weeks in the district.

“Clashes occur every night. Sher Mohammad, our villager, was killed and his 11 other family members were wounded when a mortar shell hit his house last week,” he said.

He added many residents of the district were forced into leaving their houses for other areas.

Naimullah, another resident of the district, said the district center and markets were shut since due to the clashes.

He said security in Qarabagh district should be improved. “The IDPs may lose their kids if they do not receive help urgently.”

Governor’s spokesman  Mohammad Arif Noori said around 1,000 families had been displaced from Andar and Qarabagh districts due to clashes.

He said some IDPs had received aid and others would be assisted in future.

“The governor’s house provides assistance as per its ability, we have also asked the central government for aid to the IDPs,” he added.

Efforts are currently underway for improving security in the two districts and facilitating the IDPs to return to their homes, he concluded.


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