By: Suraya Raiszada
The escalation of the warin the country has made life difficult for the citizens. The officials of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MORR) says that this year more than 50,000 families have been displaced due to the battles between the Afghan security forces and Taliban across the country.
Statistics of MORR show that more than 14,000 families have fled their homes due to the war and moved to safer areas in the last 15 days.
Mohammad Reza Baher, the deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, said: “A total of about 51,000 families were displaced this year due to violence and relocated to government buildings.
He emphasized: “We are helping and we have been able to help seventy-two thousand families, which is more than 400000 people, and in the last two weeks, the displaced people have reached about 14000 families.”
MORR warns that the ongoing violence will increase the number of displaced people in the country, which will lead to a major humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan. Insecurity in Afghanistan has hampered the relief process. Also, according to the ministry, most of the displaced were from Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar, Jawzjan, Helmand, Laghman, Paktia and Ghazni provinces.
The Ministry of Refugees states that they have provided food and non-food assistance packages to displaced families and addressed their problems.
Although a large number of families have fled their homes in recent years due to the war, the problem has so much increased since the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban intensified their attacks and took control of some districts when foreign troops began withdrawing in May 2021. As the Taliban took control of some districts and the fighting intensified in different parts of Afghanistan, people migrated and left their homes.
The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations said that since the beginning of March, more than 72,000 families have fled their home areas and settled in relatively safe places.
Baher added: “With the Taliban taking control of these areas, people have left their homes and taken refuge in government-controlled areas.” According to him, in the last one month alone, 3,511 families in Kunduz, 2,353 families in Uruzgan, 2,082 families in Jawzjan, 1,882 families in Nangarhar, 1,670 families in Laghman, 1,400 families in Paktika, 1,094 families in Farah, 945 families in Helmand and 765 families in Ghazni have been displaced.
However, Reza Baher said that the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations has assisted more than 51,000 families this year. According to him, the aid included food and non-food packages.
According to him, cash was distributed in places where it was not possible to transport food due to the war. The amount of money distributed to war refugees varied. Baher emphasizes that the cash donation was between 7,000 and 22,000 afghanis.
It should be noted that these aids are distributed based on the needs of families.
The Deputy Spokesman for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations also stated: “This year, IDPs have taken refuge in places where they felt safe, regardless of their type and employment status.” According to the ministry, war refugees were previously housed in large cities such as Kabul, Herat, and Balkh, where more jobs are available.
Meanwhile, clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in Malistan district and other parts of Ghazni province have displaced more than 5,000 families, most of them women and children, some of whom have been relocated in the west of Kabul city.
Recently, due to insecurity, natural events such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, many citizens have been displaced from their main areas and migrated to neighboring areas of Kabul.