Afghanistan: Nangarhar families deal with homes destroyed in fight against IS

Residents of Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar have had to deal with the loss of their homes following extensive fighting between the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the Afghan army and US special forces. Footage from Saturday, from the districts of Haska Mina and Kot show adults and children alike working amid the rubble of what was once their homes... Еще, destroyed by strikes and torching allegedly perpetrated by both IS fighters and US-Afghan forces. «Two years ago IS came to this village. Some of these destroyed houses were torched by IS and some of them bombarded by the government, because there was a battlefield. Our houses were completely destroyed, we called on the government to rebuild our houses for us as soon as possible. Our villagers are living in rental houses in Jalalabad, but they don't have money for rent,» resident Hamisha Gul said. «Our school was functioning before, and our children were studying there. Now it's destroyed. Some of our villagers are living in the desert because they are not able to rebuild their houses, some of them don't have tents to live in,» resident Shamal said. In addition to fighting against IS, the Afghan National Security Forces are currently embroiled in a years-long conflict against the Taliban. The United Nations announced on July 15, that the number of Afghan civilians killed in the fighting hit a record high in the first half of 2018, with 1,692 people having lost their lives.

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