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Monday, December 5, 2016
Food from UK Catholics reaches Afghanistan
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¬†Aid agency CAFOD reported last night that their first aid convoys successfully reached their destinations in Afghanistan in the last few days. More than 235 tonnes of food aid from CAFOD and the British agency Islamic Relief is being been trucked into the country to reach families affected by the war and drought. Some 15,000 people in the capital Kabul and in two districts of Kandahar province, Panjwai and Maiwand, will each receive enough food to last a month. "Supplies have already been distributed in Kabul and we're waiting for confirmation of the distribution in Panjwai and Maiwand," said CAFOD emergencies officer Tim Aldred. "It's very good news that despite the trauma of recent events, CAFOD-funded aid has been reaching the people who need it in Afghanistan. This has only been possible because of the personal courage and commitment of our partners in Islamic Relief and other organisations." Each family will receive 90kgs of wheat, 10kgs of pulses, four kgs of sugar and six litres of oil. In total, CAFOD estimates more than two million people in Afghanistan need immediate food aid in order to stay alive. Through its partnerships with Islamic Relief, Christian Aid, and the Caritas network of Catholic agencies, CAFOD aid worth £200,000 is reaching communities within Afghanistan and refugees who have fled to Pakistan. Tim Aldred, who is working on CAFOD's Afghan programme, said: "It is still extremely difficult to get aid inside the country because the situation remains insecure and unstable, with reports of theft and looting along supply lines. There's a big job to do, but at least there's the potential to do it." Up to yesterday, CAFOD supporters had donated more than £450,000 to support CAFOD's emergency response to the Afghanistan crisis.
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