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Kandahar Kochis grappling with multiple problems

Kandahar Kochis grappling with multiple problems

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Apr 22, 2017 - 12:08

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 64,000 Kochi families living in southern Kandahar province are faced with healthinfo-icon issues, lacking access to clean drinking water and shelter.

Most of these nomadic households, after losing their livestock and other assets for different reasons, have opted for urban life. Now they have stopped moving from one province to another.

Haji Malik Aka, representing the local Kochis, complained they were deprived of basic living facilities. He told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Our children, living in the midst of cattle, are going without educationinfo-icon.

“There is no health facility in our area. Those who fall sick in our family are given homegrown remedies.” Like other Afghans, the Kochi tribespeople reserved the right to be provided with all basic facilities, he said.

With the change in weather, the elder added they were compelled to go to other places an issue that deprived their children of education.

 Another Kochi, Haji Aziz, said they had lost their livestock to insecurity, drought and a shortage of meadows. Subsequently, they have opted for urban life. However, they are still haunted by multiple problems.

Lack of potable water, health facilities and locals’ ownership claims to the Kochi-owned lands are some of the major issues being encountered by the nomadic community in Kandahar.

Allah Dad, another member of the Kochi tribe, also listed education and health as their key problems. He asked the government to provide them with shelter and mobile health and education facilities.

Abdul Bari Kharotwal, head of the Kochi affairs, acknowledged the community was faced with different issues. Of the 64,000 Khochis living in the province, 33,000 have lost their livestock.

He said most of the Kochis lived in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, Daman, Dand, Zherai, Panjwai, Arghandab, Shah Wali Kot and Spin Boldak districts.

He added the government planned to construct five high and intermediate schools and two hostels for the community.

Education Department spokesman Nazar Mohammad Samimi said there was one special school for Kochis in Kandahar City, where children of local people were enrolled. He explained classes had been arranges for Kochis in different parts of the city.

Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesman, promised they would utilize all resources to address the problems facing the Kochis. He also urged NGOs to extend assistance to the tribe.

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