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Internally displaced families; main victims of ongoing war in Afghanistan

Internally displaced Afghan civilians rest after fleeing from Jaghori district to escape ongoing battles between Taliban and Afghan security forces, in Ghazni on November 15, 2018. - Escalating violence in Afghanistan's southeast has prompted thousands of people to abandon their villages in Hazara-dominated districts to reach the provincial capital Ghazni on November 15. (Photo by ZAKERIA HASHIMI / AFP)

By: Suraya Raiszada

Continued insecurities, natural disasters in particular continued drought have caused displacement of a large number of Afghan families from their home areas. Concerns over the issue have increased recently as winter is about to arrive and most internally displaced families have no shelters to live.
Officials for the ministry of refugees and repatriates and relevant organizations working for internally displaced people in the country say all preparations are underway to address problems of internally displaced people in the country.
“The number of internally displaced families has increased comparing to last year due to increasing insecurities and continued drought in some areas of the country,” said Abdul Basit Ansari, a spokesperson to the ministry of refugees and repatriates.
He added that the ministry of refugees has taken all necessary preparations to cover and distribute winter and emergency assistance to 249,037 internally displaced families displaced from their home areas due to increasing insecurities or natural disasters in particular drought in various parts of the country.
“One of the main reasons and causes for current displacement of Afghan families in the country is the continued insecurities and increasing clashes between ANDSF and terrorist groups,” Ansari stressed.
According to the ministry of refugees, more than 45,287 families have been displaced from their home areas due to increasing insecurities in 2019, while 30,508 families have returned their home areas, but there are still nearly 294,037 displaced families who seriously need winter and emergency assistance.
The spokesperson of the ministry of refugees further said that most of families who have been displaced from their home provinces due to increasing insecurities were from Nooristan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Helmand, Kandahar, Farah, Uruzgan and Takhar provinces.
“Currently our personnel have started to survey and identify internally displaced families in various parts of the country,” Ansari said, adding that soon after the ministry of refugees finished with surveying internally displaced families, cash and other assistance will be distributed to the families in the country.
Meanwhile, state run ministry for disaster management says the ministry along with relevant organizations is trying to provide better environment for internally displaced families to live. According to the ministry, $30 million has been allocated to address the internally displaced families in the country.
“A number of donor countries and international organizations have committed to addressing internally displaced families as $24 million has been provided so far,” said Ahmad Tamim Azimi, a spokesperson to the state ministry of disaster management.
According to the ministry, the government of Afghanistan is determined to allocate $174 million to address problems of the internally displaced families in the country.
It is worth mentioning that thousands of Afghan families have been displaced from their home areas to secure provinces of the country due to continued insecurities and natural disaster. 

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