900,000 Afghan refugees return from Pakistan and Iran

Kabul [Afghanistan], Nov. 15 : About 900,000 Afghan refugees have returned this year from Pakistan and Iran surpassing all previous years, said Afghanistan's Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) on Tuesday.

More than 600,000 refugees have returned from Pakistan whereas 300,000 from Iran, according to the MoRR.

"Government has announced the allocation of (Dollar) 100 million USD for the returnees, some financial cooperation has been considered for each returnee," the Tolo News quoted media advisor to MoRR, Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail as saying.

Meanwhile, the World Food Program (WFP) has said that among those return-refugees there are about 23,000 children of which many are suffering from malnutrition.

Spokesman to WFP, Wahidullah Miakhail said, "There are about 23,000 children among the families repatriated and these children either suffer from malnutrition or are threatened with malnutrition and we are trying to help these children." An Afghan returnee Rozi Khan said, "Government has failed to deliver on its promises regarding the refugees; the refugees are living in very bad conditions." "We left Pakistan five days ago, now there is no shelter for us to live in and no food to eat, we have a lot of problems," said another refugee Mohammad Jan.

Source: ANI