ICRC Concerned Over Increasing Number Of IDPs


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday concerned over the surging number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country and said the organization has so far provided emergency assistance for more than 26,000 families in different provinces including Kunduz, Helmand, Uruzgan, Takhar and Badghis.

“During the third quarter of 2016, security in Afghanistan remained precarious and indeed deteriorated in many areas. Recent violent clashes between government forces and the armed opposition have forced thousands of families to flee their homes, and medical facilities have struggled to cope with the influx of wounded civilians and fighters,” said Ahmad Ramin Ayaz, spokesman for the organization.

Meanwhile, a number of Kunduz families, who have left their homes and are living in Kabul, urged government to provide them with more assistance.

“We brought all our money and some jewelry here and sold them out and now we have spent all the money and we need help,” said Khadija, member of a displaced family from Kunduz.

“Khanabad [district in Kunduz] is a volatile district. There were Taliban on one side of our house and security forces on the other. We lost our sons in this war. Two rockets hit our house,” she added.

Another displaced person, Sadia, said: “We don’t want to live in Afghanistan anymore, because we have not witnessed a happy day so far.”

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