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5,000 Nangarhar families receive food aid

5,000 Nangarhar families receive food aid

Mar 13, 2011 - 17:29

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): A Saudi charity on Sunday began distributing food aid to thousands of deserving families in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said.

The assistance is being given to 5,000 households, with each receiving five kilograms of rice, five kg of beans, five kg of sugar, a similar quantity of ghee, one kg of green tea and a blanket.

Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) head for Nangarhar, Mahsil Ghazi, told Pajhwok Afghan News food items worth 1.5 million afghanis ($33,025) were distributed today to orphans, widows and the disabled.

Provided by the Saudi embassy in Kabulinfo-icon, total assistance worth 13 million afghanis would be given to families in several districts of the province, he said.

Social Affairs Director Abdul Hakim Sherzad said his department was jointly working with the SRCA to ensure the transparent distribution of aid in all districts.

Mohammad Hussain, a resident of Surkh Rod district, who lost his left leg during the jihadinfo-icon era, blamed the department was not providing assistance to the disabled. He urged aid organisations to ensure the assistance reached the deserving people.

A six-year-old boy, Naveed, who lost his father in a roadside bomb blast, said his family had no breadwinner and needed urgent help. A trainee at the Imaminfo-icon Bukhari Training Centre, he said the aid would help mitigate his plight.



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