OCHA / AFGHANISTAN RETURNEES

13-Nov-2023 00:02:47
Since mid-September, there has been a significant increase in the number of undocumented Afghans forced to return to Afghanistan from Pakistan with at least 327,400 people arriving. This sudden influx – which represents a more than four-fold increase on the number of Afghans who returned to the country between January and August 2023 – is putting tremendous pressure on already strained resources and capacity. OCHA
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STORY: OCHA / AFGHANISTAN RETURNEES
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SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 NOVEMBER 2023, TORKHAM CROSSING
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1. Various shots, returness waiting to be processed
2. Wide shot, Daniel Endres talking to returnees
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Endres, Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. for Afghanistan / Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Resident and Resident Coordinator:
“For many, there is no home in Afghanistan, and they don't even know where they should return to. So it's a huge task to support them. And it's even more difficult because it's now November and winter is here within a few weeks, and in winter, people need a roof over their head.”
4. Various shots of returnees
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Endres, Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. for Afghanistan / Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Resident and Resident Coordinator:
“The challenge is also that a month ago, a major earthquake hit Herat. And that earthquake destroyed the houses of more than 30,000 people, families. And these houses have to be reconstructed. And the families cannot stay in the open. So all the tents, all the blankets, and all the relief items we have in this country we have used in the response to that earthquake. It's a huge challenge for us to respond to the returnees from Pakistan in this very moment.”
6. Various shots, returness
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Endres, Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. for Afghanistan / Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Resident and Resident Coordinator:
“And it is very important that we can find, first of all, the temporary solution, give them cash, grand food, water, but even more importantly, to find a solution for them in Afghanistan. The government is planning to allocate land in every province for the people who are homeless. But of course, it will take time to build homes, and therefore we now have to see how we can bridge the coming winter for 10s of 1000s of destitute Afghan families.”
8. Various shots, returnees getting processed at IOM Transit Centre
STORYLINE
Since mid-September, there has been a significant increase in the number of undocumented Afghans forced to return to Afghanistan from Pakistan with at least 327,400 people arriving.

This sudden influx – which represents a more than four-fold increase on the number of Afghans who returned to the country between January and August 2023 – is putting tremendous pressure on already strained resources and capacity.

Many of these individuals and families are arriving with little to no possessions, having been forced to leave behind their livelihoods and homes, and are effectively stranded at the border with no idea of where to return. Of the 327,400 undocumented returnees that have arrived in the past two months, some 45 per cent (148,000) entered Afghanistan between 1 and 11 November, the majority crossing into Nangarhar Province.

On 6 November, the Humanitarian Coordinator (a.i.) Daniel Endres undertook a one-day mission to Nangarhar Province. He was accompanied by the OCHA Head of office and other UN humanitarian agencies’ representatives. While there, the mission met with provincial authorities and discussed about Afghan returnees from Pakistan.

The mission also visited Torkham crossing on the border between Afghanistan & Pakistan, IOM Transit Center, UNHCR Encashment Center, and returnee’s camps in Nangarhar and assessed the situation, needs, and response to the returnees.
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