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Hundreds of families receive winter assistanceBy Abdul Mueed Hashimi & Mohammad Baraat Jan 17, 2012 - 15:19
JALALABAD (PAN): Hundreds of deserving families received winter assistance, including food items and warm clothing, in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, an official said on Tuesday.
The assistance was provided by the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Crescent (ICRC) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Nangarhar Refugee Affairs Director Ghulam Haidar Faqirzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the aid was distributed to 474 families that returned to Batikot, Rodat, Surkhrod, Chaparhar and Behsud districts of the province.
Wheat, shawls, oil, sheets, gas cylinders and kitchen ware were distributed to the families. Haji Baz Mohammad, who returned from the Soor Kamar area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said nearly 156 families had been forced to return by the Pakistani government.
He claimed they had so far been deprived of any assistance, asking the Afghan government to provide facilities for returning refugees.
Separately, 3,000 families received 422 tonnes of wheat aid donated by the World Food Program (WFP) in northern Samangan province, the natural disaster department director said. Rajab Ali added each needy family was given 450 kilograms of wheat.
The families, deprived of basic facilities, are living in difficult conditions. One of the aid recipients, Mohammad Ibrahim, said the assistance could not resolve his problems.