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Winter diseases attack children of Kunduz IDPs

Winter diseases attack children of Kunduz IDPs

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Nov 16, 2017 - 15:43

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Displaced by the conflict, around 3,000 families from two districts of northern Kunduz province have been struggling with numerous problems, including lack of shelter to protect themselves from merciless winter, an official said Thursday.

Salam Hashemi, the provincial refugees and repatriation director, told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghan security forces conducted several operations during the past few months in Imaminfo-icon Sahib and Chahrdara districts.

He said around 3,000 families were displaced in the two districts as a result of the operations and clashes between security forces and Talibaninfo-icon militants and the families moved to the provincial capital, Kunduz City, and some to other areas.

“Around 1,600 families were displaced from Imam Sahib district and over 1,400 families from Chahardara district,” the refugee director said, adding his department had started surveying displaced families and he had talked with aid organizations who had promised help.

Qudos, a person who displaced from Essakhel village of Chahardara district, said Afghan forces bombarded Taliban militants several times in their area.

“It was a fierce fight, we were forced to flee home and come to Kunduz City, but no one has so far helped us,” he said.

Mohammad Azim, another IDP from Qatl-i-Aam village of Chahardara, said that all people (some 900 families) in their village had fled homes.

He said the government’s promises about aid to the displaced families remained on paper only and nothing was practically done.

A resident of Imam Sahib district, Mohammad Nasar, said hundreds of families from their district had been displaced.

“We migrated to Kunduz City more than a month back, no one had since helped us, we have no shelter, food and clothes to cover ourselves against the harsh weather conditions and our children have fallen ill,” he said.

He stressed they needed emergency assistance as many children of the displaced families were experiencing winter-related illnesses.

Frequent clashes between Taliban and Afghan forces in the two districts have left many civilians dead and injured.

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