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War on IS leaves above 1000 homes ruined in Kot

War on IS leaves above 1000 homes ruined in Kot

Feb 22, 2018 - 19:59

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Above 1000 civilian houses have been destroyed as a result of clashes between Afghan forces and Daesh militants in Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province, with the homeless spending this harsh winter in tents.

The war displaced families say they spent the entire winter in tents and may remain homeless in future as well because they lack resources to build new homes after their own homes were destroyed.

Some of the families are living in their ruined houses surrounded by small walls while some houses are totally destroyed and are unlivable.

Local officials say the families were promised assistance but it could not be practically delivered due to the lack of fund.

A resident of Saypai area of the Kot district, Mohammad Ali Jan whose house was destroyed in the conflict, said he was able to rebuild only one room of his home and the single room was not enough accommodate all his family members.

He said Daesh militants killed his father and two uncles and destroyed their houses.

Asadullah, a resident of Par Shahkhel area of Kot district, said that his house was totally destroyed and he was currently living with his other family members at someone else’s house.

“You can see, nothing is left intact, all rooms and walls are destroyed, we are living in a tent which is torn by winds and rains in winter,” he said.

A tribal elder of Kot district, Lal Mohammad, said a large number of villages of the district were turned to battlefields during the conflict between Afghan forces and Daesh.

Both the government and IS fighters used heavy weapons, he said, adding hundreds of houses were destroyed in the district and their inmates fled to Jalalabad, the provincial capital, and the district center.

On the other hand, the Kot district chief Sayed Rahman Momand confirmed local officials had promised assistance to the war affected families but they did not keep their words.

Momand said 1,026 houses were destroyed as a result of the conflict in the district and they could not be rebuilt despite promises from the government over the oast two years.

“A delegation from the governor’s house came here and surveyed this area, we have sent the number of houses destroyed, the materials needed and other essential notes to the governor’s house, they sent a letter to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), but no one is assisted so far,” he said.

Meanwhile, governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok that governor, Gulab Mangal has shared the issue with relevant organs.

He said the affected families would be assisted once budget was allocated for the purpose.

Khogyani said that people from Achin, Pachiragam, Haska Mina and some other districts had also requested them for help and their requests had been shared with the IDLG.