Hundreds of Families Homeless in Sar-e-Pul

KABUL (Tolo News): Fighting in Mirza Olang village of Sayad district in Sar-e-Pul province has left nearly five hundred families homeless.

Speaking out about their plight families said that most of them have suffered extensive psychological trauma due to the loss of loved ones.

These war victims say they have bitter memories of the killings that took place in their village recently and recall horror stories.

Hamida, a 40 year old woman from the village of Mirza Olang, who fled to Sar-e-Pul city, said she witnessed the killing of her brother.

“They martyred my brother without any guilt, without him having weapons or being involved in war,” Hamida said.

Abdul Ali who lost his grandfather said: “It was difficult to identify my grandfather after they shot him in his head”.

Most of the displaced families are sharing houses with relatives and now, two or more families, live in one home.

Ahmad who survived and fled with his family to Sar-e-Pul city said: “The government does not care and brought the nation to these killing.”

“There is no rich or poor among them, they are all left with only the clothes on their bodies and they left everything behind,” said Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, the provincial governor.

He noted that all the displaced people are in dire need of help, and that assistance given so far has not been enough.

The resident’s only request at the moment is that government must identify and arrest those who neglected to defend Mirza Olang valley which led to the killing of villagers.

Mirza Olang valley fell to militants earlier on Saturday.

The Sar-e-Pul governor said the Taliban and Daesh have committed crimes against humanity following the collapse of the valley.

According to Wahdat, the insurgents shot dead 52 civilians and 471 families were forced to leave their houses in the valley.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban in a statement rejected killing the civilians.

The attack in Mirza Olang sparked an outcry among Afghans over the brutality of the insurgents against the innocent villagers.


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