Afghanistan: Thousands displaced after fighting between government and Taliban



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Thousands of Afghan families have been forced to flee their homes and live in makeshift tents in Naqel, in the Kunduz province on Sunday, amid fighting between the government forces and Taliban fighters.

Afghan forces announced they have retaken some areas from Taliban control, though heavy clashes between the two groups are ongoing, amid a withdrawal of US-led NATO foreign forces since May.

Some 5,000 displaced families in the Kunduz province are now living in makeshift tents, according to official estimates, with some saying they lack food and water.

“It has been about three to four days that we have been sleeping here on the ground and my children, who are here too, are hungry, have no drinking water and no food to eat,” said Bibi Hajira, a displaced mother concerned for her family.

“I hope the government would give me a home and food, they must give us shelter because we are displaced,” she added.

In May, US and NATO forces announced their withdrawal from Afghanistan, following 20 years of conflict. The Taliban has since staged a campaign to expand its influence across the country, and are said to have captured 40 districts.

SOT, Mohammad Hassan, Displaced man (Dari): “I have been displaced, and we come from the Pol-e-Safeed area. A mortar hits my house. At least two or three of my family members have suffered injuries. We have come here in a bad situation, you see many of my brothers have a problem here.”

SOT, Mohammad Hassan, Displaced man (Dari): “There is no any investigation from the government, and not from the Taliban. Death to both of them, neither supported nor helped us yet, they do just bad things. In the first clashes my wife died, and at this battle it nearly killed me. The mortar hit behind my house, and I am the witness.”

SOT, Bibi Hajira, Displaced woman (Dari): “It has been about three to four days that we have been sleeping here on the ground and my children, who are here too, are hungry, have no drinking water and no food to eat. We are sleeping in this cold weather, and it has been two days that we haven’t had food and water. We receive just dinners, and there is no more food to eat. Our home was bombed and destroyed, and I am displaced. My husband was martyred. I hope the government would give me a home, and food, they must give us shelter because we are displaced.”

SOT, Mohammad Zahir, Displaced man (Dari): “There were severe clashes, a mortar hit the side of my home. There were two brothers, one was killed, and the other one is injured. There is severe conflict and we are tired of war. May God guide them both not to fight, and to end this unrest. These people are all poor and displaced, all the people forced to come here.”
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