The director of the World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan, Hsiao-Wei Lee, has expressed deep concern regarding the forced deportation of refugees from Pakistan ahead of the harsh winter.
Lee highlighted that more than one million people are expected to leave Pakistan, with over 370,000 already arriving in Afghanistan.
These refugees are being compelled to return to Afghanistan during what is considered the most challenging time of the year.
Lee emphasized the grim prospects for these families, stating that they are uncertain about their survival in the upcoming freezing winter.
Afghanistan faces an unforgiving winter, making it extremely challenging for the returnees.
Unfortunately, there are no welcoming arms awaiting these families in their home country.
The returnees have voiced their dissatisfaction with the behavior of Pakistani forces and are requesting that the deportations be halted or that they be allowed to take their belongings with them.
Despite calls from the UN and human rights groups to stop the deportations, Pakistani authorities plan to complete the process by January, further intensifying the dire situation.