Over 8,000 Families Displaced as Conflict Escalates in Afghanistan


KABUL: The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations on Saturday said that over 8,000 families had been displaced as result of intensified violence between government forces and the Taliban militants in different parts of the country.
The displaced families belong to Baghlan, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Laghman provinces, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Heavy fighting has erupted throughout the five provinces in recent weeks, with the exception of three days of truce from May 13 to 15 during Eid holidays.
Baghlan refugees and repatriation director, Sharifullah Shariq said that 3,500 families had been displaced only in the last few days.
The IDPs are struggling with shortage of shelter, access to health care, education, and other essential services, he said.
Following growing instability  throughout the country, people in many provinces have called on the government and Taliban to end the violence and agree on peace.