Afghan refugees set up tents in F-6 park as they beg for help from authorities

CDA's Director General Environment Irfan Niazi told news sources that he would discuss the matter with the administration and police to get the park vacated.

Afghan refugees set up tent in F-6 park, as they beg for help from authorities

Afghan refugees have taken over a children’s park in the F-6 Sector of Islamabad, and are living there in tents after the negligence of the concerned authorities.

The newly-renovated park in the capital has become a campground for the refugees, most of whom are from the Hazara community. The people fled their country after the Taliban took over Kabul.

Afghan Refugees take over the park

Initially, these refugees camped outside the National Press Club, before moving to the red zone near Parliament House. But the administration was able to remove them from the area.

While refugees went back to establish their camps outside the press club, those from the Hazara community set up camp in the children’s park. For the last few weeks, almost 700 refugees have been sheltering in the park.

Protestors said that they were helpless and cannot return to their homeland. A university graduate from Herat, Surya Mosawai remarked that they have to live in a public park because there is nowhere else to go.

She added that the refugees are experiencing multiple difficulties, but nobody, including developed nations, is paying attention to their issues.

”We have been demanding the international community and developed countries, including the United States of America, to provide us citizenship as we can’t go back to our country because of the Taliban,” she said.

The camped life is proving to be extremely difficult for refugees, who have had to visit nearby mosques to use washrooms. There is also a shortage of water, despite people of the locality providing them with two plastic tanks for storing it.

Some refugees say that there is a public toilet near their camps, but they need to pay to access it. They added that they even have to pay shopkeepers to charge their mobile phones.

Locals of the area commented on the matter, saying that while they aren’t against the refugees, their camps should be shifted somewhere else. They also said that due to the camps, people have been unable to visit the park, which was renovated by the CDA by spending millions of rupees.

CDA’s Director General Environment Irfan Niazi told news sources that he would discuss the matter with the administration and police to get the park vacated.

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