Kabul is muddy these days. It has been raining almost every day for the last couple of weeks. For many it is a joy and an opportunity to breathe clean air and enjoy the lovely weather, probably the only thing one can enjoy due to the fear and the danger of bomb blasts occurring in different parts of Kabul on regular basis. For the Jaffari family, this is probably one of the worst times to expect rain living under a temporary shelter with no basis facilities, in one of the poorest and neglected areas in Dashte Barchi, Western part of Kabul.
A week ago, I was contacted by a family that has been deported from Norway back to Afghanistan almost two months ago. I met the father, and the elder son in my office and heard their story. The family of 6 have lived in Norway around 3 years before they were forcibly deported back to Afghanistan. The mother and the daughter has a rare disease called (Celiac Disease), they can only eat gluten free food. Their daughter Zahra, 8 years old has also epilepsy and has fainted several times since they have been returned because they are not able to provide her food in accordance with the doctor’s advice.
The family were soon out of place after they were required to the leave the hotel where they were accommodated for 2 weeks post return to Afghanistan. With the absence of a family or a social network, they found an old friend who agreed to provide them a temporary shelter. Since lives in a large family herself, she couldn’t accommodated them in a room. Instead, she offered them to live under a tent/shelter at the corner of an open space plot owned by them.
The family has been living under the tent/shelter since they were out of the hotel. There is no proper cover, duvets, pillows or other basic facilities that would protect the children from Kabul’s unexpected cold nights. The family had received financial assistance provided by Norwegian government, via a local organization to be able to support the family post return. Unluckily, the father was robbed and all the money they had received from the support was gone in an eye blink when he and his elder son were at an ID registration center to make ID cards for the family.
That incidents has shocked the family to the core and has left them with no support but basic food just to survive on day to day basis. The family needs urgent support and the children need medical care to prevent the situation of the children get any worse. These are the most important things the family needs support with at the moment.
- Accommodation: They family should be moved to a small flat or house where they can live peacefully and the children stay protected.
- Food: The children need proper food to be able to survive the harsh weather and the conditions
- Schooling: Children are eager to go to school and start their studies, they can’t until they have a proper shelter and accommodation provided.
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