WATCH: The ordeal of 12000 Pakistani families who are living in ‘caves’ for the past decade
Caves in Warmando Maila, Toda Maila, Ali Masjid, Ghalo Mela, Chappar, Sur Kamar, and Koper Tangi in Jamrud have now become homes to thousands of homeless people.
At least 12,000 families have been living in severe poverty for the past decade in Tirha Rajgal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Once there was a time when they had homes and sources of income, but the military operations that were carried out in the region to flush out militants have left them without a roof over their heads.
These impoverished families, who lost their houses during the war against terrorism, were never announced as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and were consequently left out of government aid programs.
Families living in caves
A citizen of the Koki Khel, Shehzad, and his family have made a simple place for themselves within a cave, where they have spent the last decade of their lives. The family of ten members has survived through daily labor work by making only PKR 500.
A year after they married, Shehzad and his wife were forced into this life due to the deterioration of the region’s security situation. His wife gave birth to their children within the cave they reside in without access to necessary health facilities.
It has become a norm for women in these areas to deliver their children within the caves. Women can only visit a nearby hospital if they develop complications during their pregnancies.
Caves in Warmando Maila, Toda Maila, Ali Masjid, Ghalo Mela, Chappar, Sur Kamar, and Koper Tangi in Jamrud have now become homes to thousands of homeless, low-income families like that of Shehzad’s. Moreover, their sufferings will not end soon as authorities state that Rajgal has yet to be declared safe.
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