Residents of remote Kunar valley deprived of basic life facilities

In the remote regions of Kunar province, modern technology and basic life conveniences remain unfamiliar, leaving communities deprived of essential facilities.

Among these isolated areas is Nari Valley, situated in Noorgul district. Accessing this valley is no easy task due to the absence of suitable roads.

Located 90 km away from Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, Nari Valley poses challenges for travelers, navigating difficult roads with the constant risk of vehicle accidents.

The locals recount that the road was built by the community at their own expense.

Gol Sediq, a resident of Nari Valley, highlights the difficulties faced by the valley’s residents, especially when attempting to seek medical treatment: “The main problem here is multiplied when you want to transfer the disease to a treatment center.”

For years, this valley has remained out of sight for governments and media, leaving its inhabitants unfamiliar with modern technologies and contemporary lifestyles.

Shabar Gul, another resident of Nari Valley, lamented, “People living in this valley have not yet seen many modern facilities up close.”

The indifference of governments to the valley’s inhabitants has perpetuated the pain of neglect.

“We have informed the provincial authorities and international institutions about this issue, and they have pledged to find a solution to improve people’s lives,” said Khan Gul, the district governor of Noorgul district, representing the Taliban.

An estimated 6,000 people reside in Nari Valley, speaking Pashaee and Gocheri languages. In the remotest areas, some individuals have never left the valley or even seen the center of Kunar.