IOM Raises Alarm About Millions of Displaced Afghans

Narmi is one of hundreds of thousands of displaced Afghans who are struggling with difficult conditions. 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) expressed concerns over the large number of displaced people in Afghanistan and said that there are “664,000 newly displaced by conflict in 2021.”  

“There are now an estimated 5.5 million Internally Displaced Persons in Afghanistan (IDPs), including those living in protracted situations, and 664,000 newly displaced by conflict in 2021,” IOM said. “This is in addition to more than 924,744 undocumented Afghan returnees who returned from Iran and Pakistan between 1 January and the end of September, and the more than 2.2. million refugees and 3.5 million undocumented Afghan nationals already in neighboring countries, primarily Iran and Pakistan.”

Afghanistan is going through a severe humanitarian crisis, and many world countries and humanitarian organizations have voiced their concerns but there has yet to be a substantial amount of aid provided.

Narmi, a mother of five children, is living in Kabul.

“Life is passing. The government didn’t help me. We don’t have food at home,” she said.

Narmi is one of hundreds of thousands of displaced Afghans who are struggling with difficult conditions.

“We have left our homes due to war and poverty. I am working to find food,” said Mohammad Afzal, a displaced person.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said it has been trying to gain more humanitarian assistance from international donors to support the displaced people.

The ministry said that it has launched a nationwide distribution of aid to the displaced people.

“The demands of the people are too high. The facilities we have on hand are too little. Efforts are underway to form a consensus over the provision of aid,” said Abdul Bassit, an official within the ministry.

A former media officer for a UN office in Afghanistan, Naseer Ahmad Haidarzai, said: “We are in a condition that both the international organizations and the Afghan government are incapable of solving.”

IOM Raises Alarm About Millions of Displaced Afghans