UN: Internally Displaced Afghans leave south to origin places
Spokesperson of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Nilab Mubarez said Monday that the first convoy of 84 families of Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) is being prepared to leave Kandahar province in the south of the country for their homelands in the north and west provinces, Xinhua reported.
"Today the first convey of 84 families of IDPs is being prepared to leave Zari-e- Dasht camp in Kandahar for their places of origin in northwestern province of Faryab and western Badghis and Herat provinces," Mobarez told a weekly press briefing here.
She also said that it is the first convoy of returning IDPs in 2009, and a total of 987 families have been registered to return to their places of origin in the northern region in the next few weeks.
In efforts to response capacity to address IDPs needs in post- Taliban country, Mobarez further said, the Geneva based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) with support from the Norwegian Refugee Council and other UN agencies will conduct a three-day training for 40 Afghan government officials.
The training is being conducted in cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, the official added.
According to first-ever nationwide profiling of IDPs in Afghanistan in 2008, conducted by UN refugee agency (UNHCR) with the support of Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, there are about 235,000 Afghans living in a situation of forced displacement as a result of conflicts and natural disasters.