Fleeing Daesh, Nangarhar IDPs lead a miserable life

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: A number of families who have been displaced as a result of Daesh activities from Pachiragam and Khogyani districts of eastern Nangarhar province say they even lack access to basic life amenties.

The families, currently living in a desert in the open in Syasang area of the province, complain they are without shelter, clean water, health services and education facilities for their children.

Nine months after their exodus, the families say security forces have failed to improve security in their own areas to facilitate their return to their homes.

Mohammad Anwar, a resident of Tora Bora area of Pachiragam district who is currently living in the desert, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the conflict forced him to leave all his farms, house and village and spend a hard life in the open.

He siad they had no access to water, education facilities and work opporutnies. Offiacils have promised many things but nothing was delivered.

Hakim Khan, a resident of Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district, who was forced by Daesh-Taliban clashes to leave his home, said no organs had so far helped them.

“We were oppressed by Daesh and Taliban in our homes and after arriving here, the government also does not care about us, we do not know where to go now, no one cares that we need water and our children need education,” he said.

Noor Hasan, another resident of Wazir Tangi area said 10 IDP children had died last winter due to cold.

“We now also have a hard life, we suffer from hot weather and winds in the day and sand filled winds in the night, we cannot identify each other upon rising in the morning beasue our faces are covered with dust,” he said.

Some other IDPs, including those who have returned form Pakistan, said that the ongoing situation may obligate them to migrate back to Pakistan. They say they were happy returning from Pakistan to their villages but clashes began there and they were forced to take refuge again somewhere else.

On the other hand, Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the people in need would be assisted after a survey.

He said no one has so far provided information to them about the IDPs problems but the provincial refugee and repatriation department would be directed to launch a survey of the IDPs and provide them with aid.

About shortage of water and absence of shelter, health services and education facilities for IDPs, Khogyani said aid organizations would be asked for assistance.

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