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Aid for Argo landslide victims misused: Lawmakers

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: A number of lawmakers claimed that the aid for landslide affected people in Argo district of Badakhshan last year was misused.

Nazefa Zaki, an MP from Kabul, said that the aid sent to landslide-hit areas in Argo district were misused and didn’t help the affected people.

“Millions of dollars aid donated for landslide affected people filled the pockets of Badakhshan governor and lawmakers,” she alleged.

She said that only a small amount of the aid was distributed on the affected people in a symbolic move. “Dwellers of the landslide-hit areas told me that now they don’t even have shoes,” she added.

A landslide killed thousands of people in Ab-e-Barik area of Argo district of Badakhshan province in 2014.

Safiullah Muslim, a lawmaker from Badakhshan, confirmed the allegations and said that the aid was misused. “Different national and international organizations and foreign countries donated millions of dollars aid to the landslide affected people in Badakhshan. However, the aid was misused and didn’t help affected people,” he said.

Shah Waliullah Abed, the Governor of Badakhshan province, while talking to Afghanistan Times rejected the allegations and said that the donated money was spent on a 300 acres land to construct residential houses for displaced families and part of the aid money was spent on renting houses for the affected people. “Some 169 houses have been built for the displaced families so far,” he added.

He said that the landslide had destroyed 350 houses in the province last year.

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