128,800 families displaced by the Taliban attacks

128,800 families have been displaced by the Taliban attacks since the beginning of 1400 (solar year), the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations said.

In a press conference held in Kabul yesterday on June 19, Islamuddin Jurat, spokesperson for the ministry, said the ministry has been trying to help the displaced families with cooperation of international organizations.

According to Mr. Jurat, with the help of United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Afghan government has assisted 75,000 Afghans in refugee camps in Pakistan where they faced economic hardships due to Covid-19 restrictions.

He said the UNHCR distributed 12,000 Pakistani rupees to each family, and 3,840 families received food packages from Turkey and Chinese governments.

There are currently more than four million people internally displaced in Afghanistan, and according to statistics provided by the ministry, more than 2.5 million Afghan refugees live in Pakistan. Out of the 2.5 million refugees, 68 percent of them are from low-income families residing in refugee camps.

In the recent Taliban attacks for territorial control over past 50 days, the militants have overrun 30 districts across the country as the result of which thousands of families have been displaced from their hometowns and country.