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Sedamin's Story

Sedamin's story

Emergency


A long journey to find home in Afghanistan

Life as a refugee

Forced from home|Seeking safety|Raising a family

Afghanistan refugees

"We are originally from Shegla in Kunar Province. Twenty-eight years ago we left for Pakistan because of the Russian invasion. Russians invaded the area where we came from in Shegal and many people were killed. Four people in our family died – my parents, my uncle and his wife. All were killed by Russian bombs. We were not alone – everybody lost family members and property during these attacks."

Sedamin told us that the level of violence forced him and his wife to leave for Pakistan. His family settled in a Pakistani refugee camp – and were there, unexpectedly, for 20 years. 

A journey to find home

Afghanistan refugees

With his wife, Gulmana, they raised their children: six daughters and three sons. Just before the fall of the Taliban, they made the difficult decision to return home to Afghanistan, to try and rebuild. Little did they know, there were no jobs, and the security situation had deteriorated even further. After years as refugees in Pakistan, they became internally displaced people (IDPs) in Afghanistan.

All of our children are here with us: six daughters, three sons, and my wife, Gulmana. My brother, his wife and children have all come too, so there are now over twenty of us living in these small shelters.

Homeless once again

  • International Medical Corps’ refugee returnee assistance programmes provide support to refugees resettling in Afghanistan
    International Medical Corps’ refugee returnee assistance programmes provide support to refugees resettling in Afghanistan
  • An Afghan child waits to receive healthcare.
    An Afghan child waits to receive healthcare.
  • Child receiving medicine and care at International Medical Corps clinic
    Child receiving medicine and care at International Medical Corps clinic
  • International Medical Corps’ refugee returnee assistance session
    International Medical Corps’ refugee returnee assistance session
  • Women and children waiting outside a primary health care clinic in Jalalabad
    Women and children waiting outside a primary health care clinic in Jalalabad
  • International Medical Corps staff checking blood pressure at a clinic in Nangarhar province
    International Medical Corps staff checking blood pressure at a clinic in Nangarhar province
  • International Medical Corps supports a gender-based violence prevention program in all 9 returnee camps
    International Medical Corps supports a gender-based violence prevention program in all 9 returnee camps
  • The refugee returnee assistance programme provides care for the most vulnerable, including women and young children.
    The refugee returnee assistance programme provides care for the most vulnerable, including women and young children.
  • International Medical Corps operates 9 clinics for returning refugees in Afghanistan, serving over 250,000 people
    International Medical Corps operates 9 clinics for returning refugees in Afghanistan, serving over 250,000 people
  • Extreme weather, including harsh winters, aggravate the already difficult living conditions in these refugee camps
    Extreme weather, including harsh winters, aggravate the already difficult living conditions in these refugee camps
  • International Medical Corps’ refugee returnee assistance programmes provide support to refugees resettling in Afghanistan
  • An Afghan child waits to receive healthcare.
  • Child receiving medicine and care at International Medical Corps clinic
  • International Medical Corps’ refugee returnee assistance session
  • Women and children waiting outside a primary health care clinic in Jalalabad
  • International Medical Corps staff checking blood pressure at a clinic in Nangarhar province
  • International Medical Corps supports a gender-based violence prevention program in all 9 returnee camps
  • The refugee returnee assistance programme provides care for the most vulnerable, including women and young children.
  • International Medical Corps operates 9 clinics for returning refugees in Afghanistan, serving over 250,000 people
  • Extreme weather, including harsh winters, aggravate the already difficult living conditions in these refugee camps

"Since we arrived in Woch Tangai last year, we have received no assistance other than the free medical care International Medical Corps provides at the clinic. Without this I don’t know what we would do. This morning my wife brought our only little grandchild to be treated for an illness, and awhile back the doctor there also treated me for a chest infection. I wouldn’t have been able to afford paying for transport to Jalalabad and medical care. … I thought our family would be able to settle in our old community and I would be able to start work again…"

Like many displaced people in Afghanistan, Sedamin’s journey home looks unlikely. His children have never seen life outside of a refugee camp and so, for now, they make their home here as best they can.

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