KANDAHAR: Local officials and residents in southern Uruzgan province confirm that at least 18 people have died of starvation and diseases in Chinarto district of the province as the Taliban have blocked transportation routes since the last three months.
They say all local markets were out of food items and that people were forced to consume grass for their survival.
Taliban militants have closed public transport routes between Chinarto district and Tirinkot city, capital of Uruzgan province, for the last three months and thus banned food and non-food supplies to local markets.
Residents of the district stated that the Taliban had blocked their roads because they lived in a district that was under the government’s control. The besieged people said that the Taliban have warned them that roads leading to their areas would be kept shut unless they shifted their houses to areas under Taliban control.
This comes as inhabitants of Chinarto district had last week 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.
The trapped residents facing famine had 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.