KABUL: Taliban threats have displaced nearly 3,000 families in tumultuous Daikundi province in the past week alone, local officials said on Monday, adding to woes of civilians across Afghanistan, bearing the brunt of an unabated conflict.
Over 2,000 families have fled the fighting and taken refuge in capital city of Daikundi, Nili, in the past week and over 800 families in recent days have been displaced, said Ibrahim Hashemi Daikundi’s director of refugees said on Monday.
“This is a staggering figure which has to force national and international institutions and the media to take notice of an impending humanitarian catastrophe against the backdrop of war and a pandemic,” he said.
Hashemi said about 500 families had received food, but the local government was unable to reach out to a quickly increasing number of civilians displaced by fighting.
Daikundi governor’s spokesman Sarwar Barlas said the emergency committee had set up five tents for displaced families at a stadium. “We are facing programs in our efforts to assist the displaced families, but a camp has been set up and necessary supplies, including food, are being distributed,” he said.
This is as many displaced families are languishing in critical conditions, some living under the shades of trees, restaurants and some in a camp in a playground in the central city of Daikundi, with no access to drinking water, food, clothing and health services.
Local officials in Daikundi say the Taliban are still waging attacks to seize districts in Daikundi province, with fierce fighting continuing between the Taliban and Afghan forces in Pato district.