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More than 110 IDP families get cash, food aid in Khost

More than 110 IDP families get cash, food aid in Khost

Sep 14, 2017 - 16:05

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Internally displaced families in southeastern Khost province have received cash and food aid, an official said on Thursday.

Governor Hakam Khan Habibi told Pajhwok Afghan News the families were displaced as result of war from the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province.

The food packages included 200 kilograms of flour, 14 kilograms of pulses, 14 kilograms of ghee and some eatables provided by the Worldinfo-icon Food Program (WFP),.

He said each family was given 18,000 afghanis in cash, of which 12,000 afs were donated by the Solidarity International and 6,000 afs by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

“Under a previous programme, we distributed aid to 111 IDP families and this time around to 114,” the governor added.

Mohammad Hasham Halim, Khost refugees and repatriation director, said they had so far surveyed 18,000 families, including 200 displaced from Janikhel district.

“Our teams are still surveying those in the provincial capital and other areas. The rest of IDPs will also receive cash and food aid after the survey is completed,” he promised.

Mohammad Nasir, a resident of Janikhel and recipient of the aid, said they were in acute need of essential food and other materials.

“We thank the government and aid organisations that helped us, but this aid would not resolve all our problems. We hope for more assistance,” he said.

Janikhel district of Paktia was captured twice by Talibaninfo-icon in July, forcing hundreds of families to leave their homes.

Officials say most of the affected families were displaced to the capital of Paktia, Samkani district and neighbouring Khost province.



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