An aid organization, known as “Islamic Relief,” has expressed concern about the situation of migrants expelled from Pakistan at the Torkham border.
In a report released on Sunday, November 19, the organization stated that these migrants are facing multiple challenges, including a lack of shelter, food shortages, inadequate access to education, and health facilities, and a shortage of drinking water.
According to the report, 92% of families do not have easy access to drinking water, 90% are without shelter, and 71% lack access to health facilities, especially adequate sanitation.
The report stated, “83% of interviewed family heads reported having less than two meals a day. 90% reported a lack of access to education and educational tools for their children.”
Furthermore, 98% of interviewees expressed concerns regarding protection issues, with 38% concerned about child protection, 31% about the protection of the elderly, 9% about gender-based violence, and 7% about personal security.
Additionally, 62% of interviewees expressed concerns about health issues, including 39% regarding diarrhea and gastrointestinal diseases, 33% about respiratory problems, 25% about mental health issues, and 3% about their surgeries.
Islamic Relief stated that the primary goal of this initiative was to identify and respond to the needs of returning Afghans from Pakistan in the Torkham border region, and this service will support future emergency response initiatives.
This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that the majority of individuals returning from Pakistan to Afghanistan are women and children.
Islamic Relief added that as winter approaches, these individuals will be more vulnerable to additional hardships.