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Displaced Afghans plead for help as frustration grows

In a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, Nor Agha Nori is one of hundreds of people sleeping in makeshift tents as the country grapples with a growing humanitarian crisis.

Originally from northern Takhar province, Nori’s family of seven are among thousands of people, most of them children, displaced in recent months since the rebel Taliban’s victory over Western-backed government forces in August.

“So far, we haven’t received any help from anyone,” Nori told Reuters on Monday, holding two sleeping babies.

“We are seven people in the family and we have not had lunch or dinner. We call on the international community and the United Nations to help us at the earliest.”

Poverty and hunger have increased since the Taliban captured Afghanistan, an already drought-hit country. COVID-19 global pandemic.

According to Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, half a million people have been displaced in Afghanistan in recent months, a number that will increase as health services, schools and the economy collapse.

More than half of them are children, United Nations data shows.

The Taliban have urged Afghans to stay in their homes and not migrate to other regions of the country or abroad. It has also said it welcomes international aid, although many donors withheld their aid after the Taliban came to power.

 

“Who is the person taking care of the poor?” Said Jia Gul, a woman originally from northern Kunduz province who is now sleeping in Kabul Park.

“Our group is about four to five families, we are all homeless.”

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