IDPs Have Begun to Return to Jaghuri and Malistan Districts: UN OCHA Report

UN OCHA in their Weekly Field Report for Afghanistan noted that the number of verified IDPs from last week remain the same,”
A total of 306,200 people have been verified as being displaced by conflict in 2018. According to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS), the number of verified IDPs remains same from previous week. Overall, the number of people displaced so far is 36.6% less than the same period last year (482,909).”

As an update for Jaghuri and Malistan districts of Ghazni which were under attack by Taliban until a week ago, the report noted “The situation in Malistan and Jaghuri districts in Ghazni province is gradually becoming normal. IDPs have started returning to their place of origin.
Based on initial reports, 6,720 people were displaced in the past week, out of which 1,400 were displaced due to drought”.

With respect to returnees to Afghanistan it was noted that there were “13,582 Afghan returnees from Iran and Pakistan, including 12,965 Iran and 617 from Pakistan. Close to 56% of the returnees from Iran were deportees. During the same period, as reported by UNHCR, 192 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan, of whom 44 were from Iran and 148 were from Pakistan.”

For security incidents, the report stated that in “in Faryab there was clash between ANDSF and NSAGs during the week in Almar, Qaysar, Shirin Tagab, and outskirts of Maymana city. In two significant incidents, NSAGs attacked Almar and Qaysar district centres”.

Additionally, “In Kandahar province, several IEDs were detonated in Maywand, Shahwalikot and Kandahar/Dand districts, as reported by ground sources”.
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