Afghanistan's Humanitarian Crisis: Is Enough Aid Reaching Afghanistan?

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General Books, 2012 - 66 pages
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OCLC Number: (OCoLC)50654922 Subject: Food relief, American -- Afghanistan. Excerpt: ...bin Laden is not a native of Afghanistan, but of Saudi Arabia. Most Afghans do not support bin Laden. Instead, ninety percent of the Afghan people are subsistence farmers struggling simply to grow enough food to stay alive. War widows, orphans, and thousands of others in the cities are dependent upon international aid to survive. Now, fearing the effects of the military attacks and forcible conscription by the Taliban, almost a million Afghan civilians are on the move, fleeing the cities for their native villages or for the borders. We all agree that there is a humanitarian disaster on the ground. We all agree that we--the United States--cannot turn our backs again on the people in Afghanistan as we did after the defeat of the Soviet Union; and we also, I think, agree that the terrorists are our enemy, not innocent civilians in Afghanistan. Inside Afghanistan, the United Nations World Food Program aid, much of it U.S.-donated wheat, was the sole source of food for millions. UNWFP announced yesterday that it was stopping all food shipments to Afghanistan, citing the danger the fighting posed to its truck convoys. Our first priority must be to enhance security for these convoys to get food immediately to the maximum number of people inside the country. Let me repeat that. Our first priority must be to enhance security for these convoys to get food immediately to the maximum number of people inside the country. To get needed aid in and slow the outflow of Afghan refugees driven by lack of food at home, the United States must urge the Pakistani government to immediately relax its border restrictions enough to allow the flow of food and other humanitarian into Afghanistan, while maintaining border security. There is no easy solution to this building crisis, and yet our Government must aggressively seek solutions to the critical nee...

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