- Title: Internally displaced people live in Kabul parks, hope to return home someday
- Date: 12th September 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (SEPTEMBER 12, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN PARK IN TENTS (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSON FROM KUNDUZ, NOOR AHMAD, SAYING: "There was war, there was bloodshed, houses were destroyed, children were orphaned, women became widows, because of these problems, everyone was displaced and came to Kabul." VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSON FROM KUNDUZ, NOOR AHMAD, SAYING: "Our sisters, our wives, and our children are living in this park. Hundreds of people come from different places to watch our sisters and mothers through the windows. We are disgraced." VARIOUS OF CHILDREN (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSON FROM KUNDUZ, GUMNAM, SAYING: "War and displacement, the war between the United States and the Taliban caused the government to fail and the Taliban to take over the government. Now I say congratulations to the Taliban and hope the Taliban will help the poor people." VARIOUS OF DISPLACED WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE PARK (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSON FROM TAKHAR PROVINCE, AZIZULLAH, SAYING: "We ask the government of the Islamic Emirate to take care of these people. All the people have become poor. It is enough that we are tired of this war. It has been a war for almost 40 years. What can we do? We want a government that is Islamic, safe, and peaceful." TENTS MORE OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE IN PARK (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSON FROM KUNDUZ, KHAN MOHAMMAD SAYING: "We hope that the United Nations will help all these Muslims so that we can return to our homes, the homes of the people must be safe, how long will this misery last in this country?" VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING IN PLAYGROUND
- Embargoed: 26th September 2021 10:56
- Keywords: Taliban aid humanitarian crisis internally displaced people
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001EUEWK7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A colorful colony of tents are occupying the dust parks in Afghan capital, home to a countless number of families who fled the Taliban when they rolled into their villages last month.
Tens of thousands fled the country as the deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops drew near, but the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates a half a million people have been dispaced internally in recent months and has warned that the number could grow if health services, schools and the economy break down.
"All the people have become poor. It is enough that we are tired of this war. It has been a war for almost 40 years. What can we do? We want a government that is Islamic, safe, and peaceful," Azizullah, an internally displaced person from Takhar province said.
Even before the Taliban launched its final push to seize control, three million Afghans were already displaced in a country struggling with drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, and where nearly half the population received some form of aid.
A U.N.-sponsored high-level ministerial meeting on Afghanistan is due to be held this week and seek to raise USD 606 million to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to nearly 11 million people until the end of the year.
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