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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Parish donations to Afghanistan top half a million
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¬†The Catholic community's response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has topped the half million mark, with donations to aid agency CAFOD reaching more than £538,212 now. The charity estimates that in the run-up to Christmas, more than two million people need immediate food aid in order to stay alive. Priorities are food, water, basic health, shelter, non food items and de-mining activities. Head of External Relations Cathy Corcoran said: "The compassion and generosity of the Catholic community when faced with human suffering has been wonderful. We are working hard to ensure that aid reaches those most in need in Afghanistan as swiftly and effectively as possible. Given the instability within the country itself, though, it is a difficult and dangerous operation." CAFOD aid worth £200,000 has so far been committed to its partners Islamic Relief, Christian Aid, and the Caritas network of Catholic agencies. Money is going to aid people affected by war and drought inside Afghanistan - and also to provide emergency aid for refugees who have fled the country and are arriving in camps in Pakistan. Most recently, Caritas Internationalis successfully distributed CAFOD-funded aid of food and quilts to 2,500 people at Jalozai camp on the outskirts of Peshawar in northern Pakistan. Aid worker Luc Picard, who organised the distribution, said: "I am very, very happy. Every person I see leaving the compound with their wheat flour, sugar, beans and quilts is one person I know who will have food in their stomach tonight, and a relatively warm night's rest. "It is harrowing to see the sight of these poor people sleeping on the bare ground. Their energy and life draining out of them in front of your very eyes. I am so happy this distribution is going well. I am determined to do more and more. We must reach, not just a set number of the desperate, but as many as possible. We must set our targets high." If you would like to support CAFOD's work, visit their website through our Links pages.
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