Figures by Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation show that 300,000 Afghans have been displaced this year in the country due to drought and insecurity.
Almost 80,000 of the internally displaced persons are living in Kabul, said Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, the Minister of Refugees and Repatriation.
Balkhi said drought has displaced residents of 20 provinces in the recent years.
“We have 52 camps for displaced families in different parts of Kabul. Nearly 10,000 displaced families are living in these camps. The total number of the displacedpersons in Kabul is between 70,000 to 80,000,” said Balkhi.
Some displaced families from Nangarhar said they are faced with “numerous challenges”.
“Clashes are ongoing in our district. There is no one to collect, transfer and bury those who lose their lives in the clashes. We are faced with various problems at the moment,” said Mohammad Ali, an internally displaced person from Nangarhar’s Achin district.
Ezor Khan, a resident of Achin district, said insecurity forced them to leave their homes two times.
“Achin residents are facing with lots of problems imposed by Daesh. A number of people had to go to mountains to collect bushes of pine nuts, but Daesh fighters killed them. Now no one dares to bring the bodies down to the village,” said Khan.
Ziar Khan, 10, member of a displaced family from Nangarhar, said he has bad memories from the clashes in Achin district. He said he continues his education in Kabul to make his future.
“We are tired of war. We want peace and want to live in a peaceful environment,” said Ziar Khan.
A report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that an estimated 253,600 people are currently displaced from drought affected areas across the Western Region.
The report says that 2.2 million people have been affected by drought in Afghanistan.
According to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian AffairS (OCHA), recently 120,000 people have been displaced only in Badghis province due to droughts.
Among displaced families in the provinces of the Western Region, the situation is even more dire with 82 percent of the families having a poor food consumption score and 72 per cent having had to resort to negative coping mechanisms like reducing food intake or the number of meals, according to the Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA) conducted by OCHA, UNDP and partners.