According to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), up to 500,000 families in Afghanistan may soon become homeless as a result of mounting pressure from the government to send internally displaced people back to their regions of origin.
“Nearly 4,000 individuals have been evicted from their improvised homes just in and around Kabul,” said Neil Turner, Country Director for NRC in Afghanistan in a statement. “If this goes on, we will see tens of thousands of people on the move once more, and aid organizations will not be able to respond yet another wave of displaced people.”
Afghans have been displaced by decades of war, droughts, political turmoil, and economic meltdown and have settled in enclaves outside of bigger towns that have over time developed into informal settlements.
In its statement, NRC called for settlement closures in Afghanistan to immediately come to an end. In addition to addressing the economic collapse and the cessation of development assistance, the Taliban authorities also need to focus on long-term solutions for displaced Afghans.
People are alleged to have been driven from the outskirts of Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, and some other provinces, such as Daikundi by the Taliban.
The Norwegian Refugee Council’s country director stated that “Unless good alternatives are secured; the closure of informal settlements puts people who are already struggling to survive at greater risk.”