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Waziristan refugees yet again demand winter aid

Waziristan refugees yet again demand winter aid

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Nov 12, 2016 - 18:20

SHARANA (Pajhwok): The refugees from Pakistaninfo-icon’s Waziristan region in southeastern Paktika province on Saturday demand aid as they feared hardships with the advent of winter.

Recently thousands of families have arrived in Paktika from Pakistan. A leader of the Waziristani migrants in Barmal district, Mirzak Wazir, told Pajhwok Afghan News that thousands of families had taken refuge in the district, fleeing north and south Waziristan. “We don’t have shelter and food and the weather is turning cold day by day, if we are not aided, many will die.”

Another elder among the refugees, Mir Salam, held similar views and said over the past 10 months they had not been assisted. “We don’t have hospital, school and home. There is also nothing for eating; we are only the mercy of God.”

Some other refugees expressed similar views. However, the provincial refugees and repatriation department head, Mohammad Saleem Qazikhel, claimed the Waziristani immigrants were assisted every month through an organized plan.

“We every month provide them food and non-food items. The refugees’ number is large and sometimes the aid takes time to reach them.” Qazikhel said they had also prepared cash assistance, which would be distributed to the refugees soon.

He also feared if the Pakistani migrants were not aided before winter, a humanitarian disaster could loom large.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) director, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, said a number of the migrated families had been affected by natural disasters. “We have assisted every family by providing food and non-food items worth $300.”

Abdul Hadi said they were ready to provide emergency relief to 800 families in case of a natural disaster. Over the past three months, 1,400 families were provided with non-food items and another 600 families distributed food stuff, he added.

He said the emergency relief included tents, kitchen accessories, warm clothes, flour, black and green tea, ghee and some other stuff.

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

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