Chinarto residents starving due to supply routes’ closure

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KANDAHAR: Inhabitants of Chinarto district in southern Uruzgan province have urged the Taliban to open the supply lines to the district, which have been cut off for the past few months, lest they died of hunger.  


They said the Taliban had blocked the Tirinkot-Chinarto Highway and didn’t allow food and non-food items to reach the town by closing all roads for two months.


The trapped residents facing famine grumbled about the multitude of issues they were enduring as a result of the Taliban activities, which had led to a hike in prices and problems while shifting patients to the provincial capital, Tirinkot city.


Sharifullah, a resident of the district, told Afghan Peace Watch (APW) that he was turned back while traveling on the highway by the Taliban. According to him, people of the district were facing an acute shortage of food items and medicines for patients.


 “On one hand, there is progress in the peace process while on the other, ordinary people bear the brunt of highway closures and lack of food items.”


However, a Taliban Spokesman Qari Yousuf, rejected Uruzgan people’s these concerns as allegations.


Meanwhile, the Provincial Police Commander assured that efforts were on to open up all the roads between Tirinkot and districts during a security forces operation.


Elsewhere, in southern Kandahar province, the only health clinic in Arghistan district has been shut down by the Taliban following a threatening letter issued to doctors, who are warned of dire consequences if they tried to open the health center up.