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    Displaced families get warm clothes

    AIBAK (PAN): Warm clothing and other relief items were distributed to more than 300 families displaced by the ongoing dry spell in northern Samangan province on Wednesday, officials said.

    Donated by Care International, a nongovernmental organisation, relief goods were distributed to 305 internally displace families in 15 villages on the outskirts of Aibak, the provincial chief for the National Disaster Management Authority said.

    Rajab Ali Yousafi told Pajhwok Afghan News each family received two blankets, a set of coats for children, a lady jacket and a tarpaulin.

    An official of the NGO, Mohammada Jan Mohsenyar, said the aid was part of the Care International's emergency assistance meant for 3,000 needy families in Kabul, Ghazni, Parwan, Kapisa, Jawzjan, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Balkh and Samangan. Aid was worth 14 million afghanis ($289,137), donated by Canada.

    But some recipients said they needed food items, not warm clothes, asking the organisation to provide them with rice, flour and ghee.

    "I have no food. My two children work daily in the bazaar to earn a living for family," said a widow, Rozi Gul, 45, who was displaced from Roy Doab district to the Mir Kulal area of the city.

    "It would have been better if the organisation had provided us flour, ghee, rice and firewood, instead of tarpaulin and blankets," she remarked.

    Nearly 5,000 displaced families in the province were unable to purchase food, said the governor's spokesman, Mohammad Siddique Azizi.

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