At least 40 families, who have been displaced after weeks-long clashes between the Taliban and Daesh militants in Chapa Dara district in the eastern province of Kunar over the past three weeks, called on government and aid organizations to provide them assistance as they are living in a “bad condition”.
Dozens of families were displaced in April when the fighting between the two militant groups intensified.
The 40 families have migrated to the eastern province of Paktia where they live under harsh conditions due to the warm weather.
“The conflict between the Taliban and Daesh in Chapa Dara [district] started many weeks ago,” said Azizullah, member of a displaced family. “The two groups [Taliban and Daesh] asked us to help them in their fight and provide them food.”
“Threats from the Taliban forced 40 families to leave their homes and seek shelter in the city of Gardez in Paktia Province,” said Kashmir Khan, a Kunar resident who has been displaced.
The internally displaced persons said they need help as they are living in a bad condition.
“We are living in Gardez in the warm weather. We ask relevant institutions to address our problems,” said Matiullah, a Kunar resident.
Paktia officials said efforts are underway to help the Kunar’s displaced families who have been temporarily settled in Gardez.
“The [Paktia] governor continues his efforts to attract the attention of businessmen and aid agencies to help the displaced families,” the Paktia governor’s spokesman Abdullah Hasrat said.
A report by the United Nations from December 2018 shows that a chaotic and unpredictable security situation, combined with a severe drought, has prompted an almost doubling in the number of people in need compared to this time last year, newly displacing more than 550,000 civilians and pushing 3.3 million into emergency levels of food insecurity.
The report said that 6.3 million people require some form of humanitarian and protection assistance including 3.7 million in severe and major need due to a convergence of factors arising from exposure to escalating violence, forced displacement, the loss of essential livelihoods and limited access to basic services.