Pamir residents thinking of leaving their homes

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KABUL (SW) – Faced with an array of troubles, residents of the remote Pamir region in Badakhshan province are thinking about leaving their homes due to lack of government support.

The World Health Organization has said that 97 people have been infected with severe respiratory diseases in the Pamir region of Badakhshan, and 17 of them have lost their lives recently.

But the residents of the area claim that 20 people have died due to these diseases.

Egam Berdi, a resident of Pamir, told Salam Watandar: “We have a clinic that is not working. The clinic is three or four days away from us. Eleven people have died so far. It is a very harsh desert”.

The Pamir region of Badakhshan is known as the “Roof of the World” because of its high mountains and is considered a good place to attract tourists.

Residents of Pamir, Noor Al-Hada Pamiri, told Salam Watandar that although the residents of this region love their country, they are forced to move to Kyrgyzstan due to the lack of health and other basic facilities.

“If the situation continues like this, people need to work together for the future of their children, and the Kyrgyz government has also called for cooperation in this regard.”

On the other hand, officials of the Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs acknowledge that the residents of the Pamir region are in a bad situation.

The spokesman of this ministry, Hamdullah Fitrat, told Salam Watandar that they are trying to create facilities for the residents of Pamir, and according to him, international organizations should also help in this regard.

“We have helped and we are trying to help in the future. These people are facing many problems, they have problems in health, education, and other areas. We also want international institutions to pay attention to these people, because they need it.”

According to the figures of the Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs, there are currently 320 families living in the Pamirs of Badakhshan. However, the residents of this area tell Salam Watandar that nearly 2,000 people live in this area.