Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who are currently settled in western Kabul, complained that their houses were demolished and they were forced to shift from the area—which the Kabul municipality designated a “governmental zone."
These IDPs of the Bagrami area in Kabul told TOLOnews that their houses were destroyed by the interim government.
“I have borrowed money from people and built this house for myself. Everyone here borrowed money to build their houses. The Taliban came and destroyed them,” said Shakako, an IDP.
“I was having breakfast when they knocked down our house. And a child of our relative was killed at the same moment,” said Qudratullah, an IDP.
On the other hand, in the neighborhood of Bagrami, some of the IDPs who reside in Arazan Kimat area are also voiced concerns as the Islamic Emirate is planning to move them from the area.
They told TOLOnews that they have been given a two-day timeline by the Islamic Emirate to leave the area.
“The Taliban came here yesterday and told us to move from here. We have nothing here,” said Wassil, a resident of Arzan Kimat.
This comes as the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said in a statement that it has received reports from its field teams that a demolition of a settlement in Kabul has left an estimated 280 families without homes.
“Several families NRC spoke with reported having to evacuate their homes under traumatic conditions. There are reports from evicted families that a 4-year-old and 15-year-old lost their lives during the evacuation. Bulldozers began demolishing the camp early yesterday morning – by the end of the day nothing remained,” the statement said.
The Kabul municipality said that these IDPs constructed houses on governmental lands that needed to be cleared of people in a bid to create governmental facilities.
“There are other areas in Kabul as well. We have sent letters to all of them and the Kabul municipality wants to implement what is planned for the city and no one can take the land by force just because they have settled on it for a period of two or three years,” said Nimatullah Barakzai, a spokesman for the Kabul municipality.