1000s of Displaced People Still Live in Kabul: Officials

Officials at the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) said that there are still thousands of internally displaced and homeless people in Kabul which are in need of urgent basic humanitarian assistance.

They added that the ministry has so far relocated 4,000 internally displaced families to their home provinces.

“This assistance is not enough, people have lots of problems in Afghanistan and full attention must be paid to their challenges. The pledges of the international community have not been sufficiently fulfilled and have not reached Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Arsalah Kharoti, deputy minister of refugees and repatriations.

Meanwhile, some internally displaced people complained that their challenges have not been adequately addressed, saying they are in dire need of shelter.

Tawus Khan, 50, fled from Helmand province to Qanbar crossroads in Kabul during the battles between the Islamic Emirate and the former government. He said he has two wives and 18 children. “Winter is near, we do not have bread at home. We have lots of problems,” Tawus Khan told TOLOnews.

Shah Bibi, who is the first wife of Tawus Khan, said that she has eight children and they are living in a very bad economic situation. She added that they have no food to eat and their problems have not been addressed. “We have come from Helmand, we are displaced, we are hungry and thirsty, we have nothing,” said Shah Bibi.

In the meantime, some economists said that the improvement of the economic situation and prevention of Afghanistan’s economy from collapsing depends on long-term international economic assistance in the country.

“Effective assistance must be provided, employment opportunities need to created, such as long-term economic projects in the provinces where many people have been displaced,” said Iraj Faqiri, an economist.

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