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    Dozens of displaced, affected families assisted

    JALALABAD (PAN): As many as 115 displaced families in Nangarhar province and several other families migrating from neighbouring Nuristan province due to NATO airstrikes were on Sunday provided aid, officials said.

    The relief items included food and winter clothes provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) through the provincial refugee and repatriation department.

    The process of distributing the UNHCR's aid to 27 displaced families from Koz Kunar, 24 families from Behsud, 27 from Kama and 37 families from Kabul Ada areas was completed on Saturday, provincial refugee director Ghulam Haider Faqirzai told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Each family received five kilograms of wheat, two gas cylinders, two sheets, eight blankets, eight sweaters and eight shawls, he said.

    "I was selling vegetable in Peshawar, but when police arrested me twice, I decided to come back," said a displaced person from Kabul Ada area, Sultan Muhammad.

    He said since his return three months ago, police and municipality officials did not allow him to sell vegetable in a hand cart in Jalalabad.
    Meanwhile, Nuristan Governor Tamim Nuristani distributed cash assistance to 27 families displaced from Kamdesh district due to ISAF airstrikes against militants.   

    Each family who lost a member in the airstrikes was given 100000afs while 50000 afs for the injured, Nuristani said.

    One of the affected family members, Haji Ali Ahmad, asked the government to take over security responsibility from foreign troops.

    "Foreign forces are unable to differentiate between locals and militants," he said, and thanked President Hamid Karzai for the assistance.

    Nusristan also provided financial aid to family of Pahlawan Hameed, a National Directorate and Security (NDS) official, who was killed in Waigal district two days ago.