Lockdown Upends Life for Overlooked Afghan Refugees in Pakistan-COVID

ISLAMABAD – Nearly 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan as either enlisted or undocumented displaced people. Their lives have been overturned by the coronavirus lockdown, yet they appear to get little consideration.

This Afghan displaced person settlement in Islamabad doesn’t have power or other essential offices.

A great many people here rely upon day work for their living. As the novel coronavirus spread and the nation went into a fractional lockdown, their occupations were almost crushed.

“These individuals scarcely made $3-4 every day. Some of them got paper from the roads or garbage for reusing, some filled in as bike mechanics. Every one of them are presently sitting at home,” said Abdul Hameed, Afghan Refugee Representative.

An expected 800 families, or around 5,000 people, live in this settlement. A large number of them work at the close by vegetable market.

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We hold up along the side of the road throughout the day, yet nobody gives us work,” said Abdul Khaliq, a day laborer.

Outcasts living in different urban areas recount to comparable stories.

On Tuesday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees declared a money help program for some of them. A two-month delay in making the guide accessible was accused on an absence of assets.

We needed to go rapidly to givers to clarify the degree of mediation that we needed to do. We expected to get certain that the contributors were going to help that,” said Iain Hall, Deputy Representative of UNHCR Pakistan.

The U.N. office recognizes that the cash, while accommodating, isn’t sufficient to help everybody out of luck. What’s more, half of the about 3,000,000 Afghans living in Pakistan don’t have official evacuee status and don’t fall under the organization’s command.

In the mean time, in this Islamabad settlement, individuals have no choice yet to pause.


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  1. May 13, 2020

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