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Dealing with expelled Afghan migrants from Pakistan a major challenge: OCHA

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator’s Office in Afghanistan reports that since mid-September, more than 327,000 undocumented Afghan migrants and refugees have been expelled from Pakistan.

The office has emphasized that while the devastating earthquake in Herat remains unaddressed, dealing with the expelled migrants from Pakistan presents a significant challenge for them.

 Daniel Endres, the coordinator of aid for Afghanistan, says in a video message: “I am at the Torghundi border crossing witnessing the return of thousands of migrants. They are in dire conditions, with some saying they have no shelter for this winter season.”

He urges the international community to provide immediate assistance to address the challenges in Afghanistan.

According to Mr Daniel, all equipment, such as tents and blankets, has been sent to the earthquake-affected people in Herat, and now the aid is insufficient for the expelled migrants.

It is worth noting that following the announcement of the expulsion of over a million undocumented Afghan migrants by the Pakistani government, the Taliban administration has established a commission to address the issues of the expelled migrants. The expelled migrants are currently residing in temporary camps.

Meanwhile, neighbouring countries such as Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey have escalated their efforts to expel Afghan migrants, further exacerbating the already dire humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

 This mass expulsion of Afghan refugees from multiple fronts has added significant pressure on the already strained resources and services within Afghanistan, making it an even more challenging situation for the Afghan people.

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