KABUL, Afghanistan — The families of the nearly 100 men and women whose homes were destroyed in a stampede at the Mazar-e-Sharif border crossing have lost their homes as a result of the massive humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan.
The United States on Monday approved a $4 billion program to build the first temporary refugee camp in Afghanistan, which will be located in a remote district outside Mazar.
Migrant workers, who arrived in Afghanistan in the last three years, are being allowed to remain in the country as long as they can prove their family has been affected by the crisis.
The families have been given five days to prepare for the arrival of their loved ones.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been providing $3.3 billion in aid to Afghans to help them rebuild their lives, as the country struggles with the worst refugee crisis in decades.
The government of Afghanistan announced the first permanent camps in February.
But the United States and the United Nations are not expecting any permanent resettlement in Afghanistan for more than a year.