Nearly 150,000 Afghans Already Displaced In 2016, says UN


More than 149,000 Afghans have fled their homes in the first six months of the year due to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the United Nations said in its latest figures on the conflict.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a bulletin released in Kabul on Thursday that many of those affected were farmers who were missing critical sowing and harvest times.

It said the crisis has put their livelihoods at risk and increasing food insecurity in Afghanistan.

The UN noted that the northern province of Baghlan was one of the worst hit by the conflict still affecting 29 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

The figures released by UN reveal that Baghlan is one of the provinces where a huge number of families have left their houses due to the war.

The recent months’ conflicts in Baghlan, Kunduz and Badakhshan have left hundreds of families homeless and the displacement still continues.

Shukoor is the head of one of the displaced families who moved from Baghlan to Kabul’s Qambar Roundabout area.

“We have no food for either night or day. We lost everything in the war and we are very concerned. Most of our relatives were killed and wounded and their houses were damaged,” Shukoor said.

The children that live in the displaced families’ camps said they spend their day outside on the streets to earn bread for their family.

“I go out in mornings and come back in evening and I bring some money and give it to my father,” said Nawaz, a displaced child who works to afford expenses of his family.

Nowadays internally displaced persons (IDPs) are seen in every hook and nook of Kabul. The displaced families said they are farmers and that the war got the opportunity from them to collect their harvests.

“I left my house in Kunduz and came here to Kabul. Taliban torched our house when they took control of Kunduz [for a short time]. We came here to save our lives,” said Mohammad Musa, head of a displaced family in Kabul.

A number of experts said that lack of attention to the situation and to the future of the displaced families can affect the country and the society’s future.

“If you have a look at the background of killers or those who commit subversive activities in societies, you will find that they were vulnerable people during their young ages and were grown in a poor situation,” said Sharafuddin Azimi, a psychologist.

“Government should pay attention to the issue of displaced people because lack of care will push them to leave the country. All the IDPs need a severe attention by government,” said Ainuddin Beg, political commentator.

Figures indicate that the number of IDPs has surpassed one million people this year.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has not commented on this so far.

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