Returned migrants in Herat struggle for shelter amid deportation challenges

Families deported from Pakistan and currently resettled in the Gulran district of the western province of Herat are grappling with a lack of shelter and essential living facilities, according to statements from some of the returned migrants.

In the midst of the cold season, these families describe facing numerous challenges with no assistance forthcoming. The deportation process, ongoing since mid-September, has seen at least 400,000 migrants repatriated from Pakistan, with a daily return rate ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 individuals.

Zarmina, a 55-year-old woman repatriated from Pakistan a month ago, shares her plight after being forcibly deported along with her disabled husband. Now residing in Gulran district, she expresses concern about the lack of shelter, stating that they don’t even have a tent for shelter. Currently seeking refuge in a relative’s house, she appeals for urgent aid from institutions.

“We have a problem, we don’t have a place, we don’t have a tent. There are two of us; We don’t have any hard-working children,” Zarima explained.

Expressing the urgency for assistance, she details the challenges of relying on sporadic help from neighbors, emphasizing her need for consistent aid. Despite having her name listed multiple times, she claims to have received no assistance so far.

Zarmina’s disabled husband, Abdul Qayum, shares his concerns about the future, relying on the hope for external support.

“We fell here with my wife, no one helps us, the neighbors help us but it is not enough for us,” noted Abdul Qayum.

Migrants, repatriated from Pakistan, have been resettled in various parts of Afghanistan, including Kabul, Herat, and Balkh provinces.