Afghan refugees in Kabul return to their homes

Thousands of Afghans who fled their homes in the north of the country because of fighting and ended up in a temporary relief camp in the capital Kabul are returning to their homes. After the Taliban launched a major offensive earlier this year and eventually conquered the entire country, many residents fled to major cities, including Kabul.

Thousands of them ended up in a park in the center of the Afghan capital, where they lived in appalling conditions on the ground or in makeshift tents. An Afghan non-governmental organization has hired dozens of buses to take more than 1,000 families back to the Kunduz region.

According to a spokeswoman for the NGO, the refugees also receive about 100 euros to buy food and basic necessities such as flour, oil, rice, and beans. “We also have plans for their future,” the spokeswoman said.

The Taliban came to power in August after a major offensive. The victory put an end to the fighting, bombings, and air raids in the country. However, the problems in the country remain serious. According to the United Nations, the economy is in ruins, many are losing their jobs, and a third of the population is at risk of starvation.

About 635,000 internally displaced Afghans have been registered this year, according to the UN, and an estimated 2.9 million residents had already fled their homes by the end of 2020.

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