Nomadic herders facing food crisis after Pakistan closes Afghan border

A German aid group Johanniter International Assistance on Monday said that about 200,000 nomadic herders, who stopped receiving funding from the donors, in Afghanistan are said to be running out of food and stranded with their starving animals after Pakistan closed the border which deprived them the access to pasture lands.

There are around 2.4 million who for the most part relocate in winter from eastern and focal Afghanistan to touch their groups in boondocks areas inside Pakistan.



This year, Pakistan has shut its fringe crossings due to the strains with its western neighbor.

Afghanistan had asserted Pakistan of not making a move against the Taliban after two attacks in January that murdered hundreds in Kabul.

“Now they are pretty close to being without food,” French charity Action Against Hunger country director Kinga Komorowska told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Kabul. She stated that her charity had approached two major aid donors, which she declined to name, with requests for assistance.

With numerous animals being sold, Kuchis, as indicated by a few gauges just procure $175 per sheep or goat, down from $250 a year ago, the assessment found.



Pakistan had closed its border multiple times before too, but unlike this year, had permitted to follow their traditional grazing routes, said Komorowska.

As of late Pakistan has deported Afghans who looked for shield there amid many years of war and is right now fabricating a fence along the fringe.



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