The United Nations Population Fund in Afghanistan (UNFPA) said that more than 700,000 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from the neighboring countries of Pakistan and Iran between January and October this year.
“Because they make up 67% of Afghanistan’s population, youth are the most affected by the crisis,” UNFAP said on Twitter.
“The United Nations Population Fund works with them and supports facilities such as the new Multi-Purpose Youth Centers in Nangarhar, Herat, Kandahar and Balkh to help address their needs during the crisis.”
Afghans who have returned or were deported from Iran, expressed concerns over their uncertain future.
“I have gone to Iran five times. They wouldn’t give you food or water.They beat us very badly, the scars are still visible on my body,” said Mohammad Alam, an Afghan deportee.
“We call on the government to provide work opportunities for the people,” said Hashmatullah, a deportee.
“I was deported myself and then was returned to Nimroz. I didn’t have any money and I asked my uncle for it,” said Rohullah, a deportee.
Last week, a delegation of the Islamic Emirate, led by the deputy minister of Refugees and Repatriation Abdul Rahman Rashid, visited Iran to attend a quadrilateral meeting on the situation of the Afghan refugees.
The meeting was also attended by the representatives from Iran, Pakistan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.