Afghanistan: A new place for its IDPs to call home

Many Afghans are fleeing to different parts of the country – where they often face limited prospects. But in the north of the country their situation is now starting to improve.

Faiz Mohammad’s life was in ruins. When the Taliban overran his village south of Mazar-e Sharif in 2012, he and his family fled to the nearby provincial capital city. Mohammad shares the same fate as many other people in his country. Since 2004, violent conflict has caused more than one million Afghans to become internally displaced within their own borders. But very often the places they move to are not very welcoming either, leaving them with a lack of opportunities to rebuild their livelihoods.

But now in the north of the country, help is at hand for the IDPs. Commissioned by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has equipped many of them with life’s basic necessities. In addition to wells for drinking water, sanitary facilities and two junior schools, GIZ and its partner – the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation – have also built houses out of clay for more than 800 families. Furthermore, GIZ is organising further training and enabling people to earn their own wages, for example by working as artisans. An article in GIZ’s magazine akzente reports on the situation of Faiz Mohammad and his family today.