KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Insecurity continues to displace people from their areas in southern Kandahar province, where at least 350 families recently migrated to the provincial capital, Kandahar City, from insecure districts and areas.
Dost Mohammad Nayab, head of the Kandahar Refugee and Repatriation Department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that internal displacement in Kandahar was underway and hundreds of families had migrated to Kandahar City from insecure areas of Kandahar, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces.
He said recently 350 families arrived in Kandahar City in the past two months and they reached to their help.
Over a hundred families from the total 350 families will be identified through a survey currently underway for aid and other assistance, he added.
In addition, he said the Norwegian Refugee Council was working on a project through which 6,243 families would get cash assistance and every family would receive 7,000 afs.
He said a survey for this purpose was underway in the 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th municipality districts of Kandahar City where majority of displaced families had been settled.
He said that a project to construct 100 two-room homes for displaced people was launched in Panjwai district this year.
Nayab said 30 percent of repatriated families, 25 percent of internally displaced people and 25 percent less fortunate families would be provided with shelter in these facilities.
He said 14,500 refugee families would be provided with health kits by UNHCR and NRC.
According to the refugee department, approximately, 70,000 to 85,000 families have migrated to Kandahar City in recent years due to the conflict and other security issues.
Nayab said the process of repatriation through the Spin Boldak was stopped due to the spread of coronavirus.
Repatriated families to Kandahar say they led a difficult life and complained against unfair distribution of aid.
Sulaiman Kaka, one of the migrants from Helmand, said several families from Halmand and other provinces had migrated to Kandahar City. These families lost their homes in airstrikes and fled difficult conditions and currently lacked basic amenities of life.
He added government’s airstrikes and Taliban’s blasts had destroyed their homes but government officials discriminated against them instead of providing them aid and assistance.
Abdul Ghafoor, another displaced person, thanked the government for its support but said the assistance was not enough and could not mitigate their problems.