Internally displaced people with their belongings flee from Nadali district to Lashkar Gah during the ongoing clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces, in Helmand province on October 14, 2020. – Tens of thousands of people in southern Afghanistan have fled their homes following days of heavy fighting between the Taliban and security forces, officials said on October 14, as violence continues to soar despite ongoing peace talks. (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Ever since the Taliban toppled two Police Districts of Kandahar city –the provincial capital- and neighboring districts of the capital city, the city has been the battlefield between the Afghan government forces and the Taliban.

The warring sides have been fighting in six Police Districts of the city for the past three weeks.

As per a survey cited by local journalists, an average number of over one hundred thousand people from 22 thousand families have been displaced to secure areas of Kandahar city. Four families are now living in a residence once fit for only one and most of the others are living on the roads.

Tens of families have also been settled in two local camps.

In a temperature now soaring 40 centigrade, people in Kandahar are devoid of electricity, fuel price has been nearly doubled, academic institutions are shut and there are no mobile signals/connections available by night.

Local journalists report that public residential areas and homes have been transformed into military bastions and are being used by both sides.

Civilians are being killed and wounded on daily basis but there is no human rights advocate to defend the violation of human rights.

Pillage once reported from the districts of Kandahar province has to been witnessed in the provincial capital as several shops and drugstores reportedly looted recently.

People in Kandahar city warn that if the conflict continues with its current momentum, more people will displace which will lead to a humanitarian disaster in the strategic province of Kandahar.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.