United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed concern about the situation of internally displaced people in Afghanistan.
In a report, the UNHCR said that there are currently over three million IDPs inside Afghanistan who are in need of assistance.
Ibrahim is one of the IDPs who was displaced from Parwan province to Kabul ten years ago. He says that coping with the cold winter is a big challenge for his family.
“You see my children; I dropped them from school. How good it would have been for their future if they could go to school. I make them wander around the city and collect thrown-away materials/metal,” said Ibrahim, an IDP in Kabul.
“We do not have a place to live, we ask for a land, home,” said Bibi Hawa, the spouse of Ibrahim.
“Conflict is no longer the primary driver of displacement in Afghanistan, but 3.25 million Afghans remain displaced within the country and over 5.53 million are registered refugees or Afghans in refugee-like situations in the region," reads the UNHCR report.
The IDPs urge the Islamic Emirate to provide them working opportunities and shelter.
“We are living in limbo and dealing with various challenges,” said Saleh Muhammad, an IDP from Nangarhar province.
“We want shelter for our families, education facilities for our children and working opportunities for ourselves. Children have no future here,” said Malek Gul Khan, an IDP from Laghman province.
Although the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has not given numbers, the UNDP in a report said that with 6.55 million IDPs, Afghanistan is the world’s second-largest country after Syria that is home to a large number of internally displaced people.