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IDPs, Waziristan refugees demand aid before winter

IDPs, Waziristan refugees demand aid before winter

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Oct 22, 2016 - 19:22

SHARANA (Pajhwok): A number of internally displaced families and those migrating from Pakistaninfo-icon’s Waziristan tribal area to southeastern Paktika province say they are in dire need of assistance.

The families said they should be provided with aid before winter, however officials claim aiding 2,000 families so far.

Recently many refugee families have migrated to Paktika from neighboring Pakistan while some others have been internally displaced due to deteriorated security situation in the province.

Security issues have forced dozens of families into fleeing Omna district, taking refuge in Urgun, Khairkot and Sarobi districts of the province, Bakht Spinwal, a resident of Omna district, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday.

He said the families faced many economic and other issues and should be provided with food items and other assistance before the arrival of winter.

Meanwhile, another resident of the district, Aminullah said: “People have nothing to eat or wear and if they are not aided, many will die.”

On the other hand, a number of families belonging to Pakistan’s north Waziristan also held similar views.

One of the refugee, Sultan Mir, said: “Firstly the weather has turned very cold and secondly we don’t have homes to live in. We are currently living in tents and if the situation continues, we will be in great trouble.”  He asked government officials to consider their issues and provide them with aid in-time.

However, Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) department’s officials in the province said they had assisted hundreds of families so far.

ANDMA director, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, said over the past three months, 1,400 families were provided with non-food items and another 600 families distributed food stuff.

He said the emergency relief included tents, kitchen accessories, warm clothes, flour, black and green tea, ghee and some other stuff.  “The aid was distributed among displaced and refugee families and the process will continue.”

Pakistani Army’s recent operations in South and North Waziristan forced many people into leaving the area, taking refuge in Urgun, Khairkot, Sarobi and other districts of the province.

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