Over 327,000 Afghan Immigrants Return from Pakistan in 2 Months, UN Reports

Tuesday, 11/14/2023

Daniel Enders, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), announced on Tuesday that more than 327,000 refugees have returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan over the last two months.

Enders called the condition of the returnees dire and said that most of those who return to Afghanistan do not have shelter.

He visited the Torkham border crossing to check the situation of migrants and he said that he witnessed thousands of Afghans returning from Pakistan. He described that many of them are in bad condition.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator emphasised that, in conversations with the returnees, they expressed that there is no place for them to call home in Afghanistan.

Given the onset of winter, he said that the immigrants need shelter. However, Enders explained that all available tents, blankets, and relief items had been distributed to the victims of an earthquake in Herat a month ago.

OCHA said that the sudden influx has put immense pressure on existing resources and capacities, including shelter and basic services. It called for urgent support for the immigrants.

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