Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Urban Afghans face severe housing shortage

The need for adequate housing overshadows Taliban violence as the greatest concern among Afghan citizens’, according to the World Politics Review.

Rapid population growth, the return of exiled citizens, and a lack of foreign investment in housing has created a volatile living situation, particularly for large cities like Kabul.

The acute housing shortage is also accompanied by scarce sanitation facilities and potable water, as well as daily power cuts.

According to the article: “Afghanistan’s Ministry of Urban development, with World Bank assistance, is now in the process of upgrading formal and informal settlements in Kabul city. This $28.2 million project, which will take at least a few years to implement, will help improve infrastructure and provide basic services like drinking water, sanitation, surface water drainage, concrete roads and street lighting.”

The Afghan government is also advocating improvement, not further destruction of homes: “Given a vast majority lives in these settlements, the solution is to upgrade, not demolish these homes and make more people homeless,” said Yousaf Pashtun, the Afghan minister of urban development, who is an architect and town planner by training.

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