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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Catholic agencies prepare to distribute food inside Afghanistan
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¬†CAFOD's partners in Pakistan are preparing a large consignment of food and blankets for the people of Afghanistan. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), CAFOD's sister agency in the United States, is sending 60,000 blankets and 950 tons of food - a three month supply - to some of the worst hit areas within Afghanistan itself. The distribution program will be carried out by a local Caritas partner, the Co-ordination of Afghan Relief.(CoAR) Food will go to the most vulnerable: breast-feeding mothers, children under five, female heads of household, and the disabled. Mohammad Piracha who works with CRS says Caritas has responded to the crisis impressively. He said: "They have done something really good in a very short time frame. The number of desperate people inside Afghanistan as well as refugees inside Pakistan needing help is vast. Even identifying those in need of assistance is a painstaking job." Because Caritas agencies have been working on the ground for many years alongside other local networks, they are able to identify the most needy refugees and make sure the food gets to those people who need it the most. Caritas is starting shipment of food in about 2 weeks. It will go to 500 families in Logar, 1000 families in Wardak, 800 families in Kabul and another 1,700 families in Moqur. These families have been identified by as being particularly vulnerable. CAFOD has given over £200,000 to partner agencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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