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Ministry of Refugees struggling with paucity of funds

Ministry of Refugees struggling with paucity of funds

Nov 29, 2016 - 15:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) on Tuesday said it was face with a budget deficit, struggling to facilitate internally displaced persons (IDPs).

At least 90,000 people are said to have been displaced by war during the current year. Fifty-eight percent of the IDPs are children, who are in dire need of basic facilities in 11 provinces of the country.

Addressing a press conference here, MoRR Director of Planning and Policy Fazal Ahmad Azimilinked much of the displacement to conflict in Sar-i-Pul, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Helmand, Ghorinfo-icon, Badghis, Paktika, Baghlan and Jawzjan provinces.

The number of IDPs was nearly one million and addressing their problems needed enough resources,but the ministry lacked the required funds, Azimi said, asking different ministries and the international community for help.

He added the 93,000 families that returned from Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon in 2016 needed basic services such as educationinfo-icon and healthinfo-icon.

Mohammad Qasim Haideri, deputy minister for policy and coordination, said: “A policy on addressing refugee and IDP issueswas formulated two years ago, but has not been implemented yet.”

Expressing concern over the situation of returnees and IDPs in different parts of the country, he said providing basic facilities should be a top priority of the authorities concerned, as such individuals were caught in difficult conditions.

 He said 794 people have been killed and 1,487 wounded during recent incidents of violence in the country. In addition, 296 schools, 47 health centres, 72 mosques, 6,394 homes,1,500 shops, 17 bridges and 12 kilometres of road had been destroyed by the conflict.

nh/mud

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