Assessing losses - Weekly Helmand Clashes and Their Impact on Civillians - Pak Afghan Youth Forum PAYF

After the start of the withdrawal of the US and allied forces from Afghanistan, not a single day passed without a clash between the Afghan security forces and Taliban. This eventually created a disaster for the civilians living in the different provinces of the country. Homelessness and displacement are becoming serious issues for the people of Helmand.

These families have lost their kin to all these attacks. They do not know where their family members are in Lashkargah and its surroundings. “I brought my two children with me, half of our family fled to a Taliban-controlled area, my husband has remained at home, I don’t know whether he is alive or not,” said Zarmina, a resident of Lashkargah.

In a statement by Sayed Mohammad Ramin, the head of Helmand’s Migration Department a few days back said that “Over 1,000 families have been displaced in Helmand due to the fighting, we had discussions with the NGOs, aid will be distributed to these families soon.”

Moreover, the sad thing regarding the situation in Afghanistan is that children are getting targeted. These innocent victims are due to the bomb blasts, drone attacks, and skirmishes between the two sides.

No major parties are taking the claims of these bomb blasts which are eventually killing hundreds of civilians including children. Such actions should be taken seriously but the country’s major forces are busy facing the Taliban. Three blasts occurred in Kabul on May 8, 2021. The Interior Ministry claims that it killed thirty people on spot and fifty-two injured including children. It happened outside school which is a very sad situation. Taliban denied the claim in a tweet and no claimed for it yet.

UNAMA Condemns Attacks

The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has deeply mentioned their grievances for the victims and said, “its deep revulsion at today’s blasts in Dasht-i-Barchi Kabul. An atrocity, killing many children. Our heartfelt condolences are with the victim’s families and we wish a speedy recovery to those hurt.”

In the meanwhile, both parties claim to have inflicted devastating damage on each other. This thus also includes the civilians who are not on any side but paying with their lives and loved ones lost. There must be an end to violence, and more peaceful means should be pursued. The Afghans face the misery of war for more than four decades. International communities as well as domestic groups should sit together and find a mutual solution for the peace deal in Afghanistan.


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