Camp for Afghan refugees to be built in southern Tajikistan

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A radio source in the Shokhin district administration said that, in addition to Khirmanjo, two more locations were selected for the camp in the area.

"The EU Ambassador must visit these places where it is planned to build a refugee camp. After that, the place for the construction of the camp will already be precisely determined. Now two or three places have been designated for showing, "a source said on condition of anonymity..

The chairman of the Khatlon region has already announced at his summer press conference that with the help of international organizations, a camp for Afghan refugees will be built in the Jaihun region (formerly Qumsangir region).

Earlier, the European Union has already announced that it will allocate 160 thousand euros to help Afghan refugees who are in Tajikistan. The EU said in a September 14 statement that up to 5,000 Afghan citizens have taken refuge in the Khatlon region and the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, which border Afghanistan.

The EU's announcement of humanitarian aid to refugees in Tajikistan came against the backdrop of a statement by Interior Minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda, who, at a meeting with Mulugeta Zevdi, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tajikistan, said that over the past 20 years, Tajikistan has not received significant international aid to help refugees from a neighboring country.

Hundreds and thousands of Afghan refugees fled to neighboring countries, including Tajikistan, after the Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan. Some, especially military personnel, were returned back to Afghanistan, some are detained in GBAO and other regions of Tajikistan.

The European Union, with reference to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), indicates that “by the end of 2021, up to 50,000 refugees may be registered in Tajikistan”. The length of the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan is 1400 kilometers.

Source: Asia-Plus