Afghan traders urge truce in Kunduz to deliver aid
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan traders on Sunday urged the warring factions in northern Kunduz province to suspend fighting to allow them to deliver humanitarian aid they had collected for the people in need.
They said they have collected $300,000 for Kunduz residents. Thousands of families fled homes after Taliban captured Kunduz city last week for three days, with clashes still ongoing in parts.
The fleeing residents and those trapped inside their homes in Kunduz City are facing shortages of edibles, potable water and electricity while food prices have soared manifold.
According to some residents, currently one loaf of bread was being sold for 50 afghanis.
The conflict forced resident to flee homes for neighbouring provinces with about 600 displaced families arriving in capital Kabul.
Khan Jan Alokozai, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) deputy head, said the Kunduz war had caused both financial and human losses.
He said exact figures were still not in hand but more than 50 containers filled with edibles of a trader had been torched. He said currently water and power supply was cut to the city and shops had been closed.
Alokozai said ACCI, private sector representatives and Kunduz people councils had set up commissions in four zones of the country, collecting $300,000 and three tonnes of medicine for the people of Kunduz.
More aid, he said, would be collected and currently edibles, clothes and blankets would be sent to the people of the city.
Alokozai said Kunduz people council in Kabul had been tasked to ascertain the number of displaced families arriving in Kabul in order to be benefitted from the aid.
He said the continued clashes had blocked roads leading to Kunduz City and the blockades had prevented aid delivery to the province. He urged the government and insurgents to agree on a temporary ceasefire so that the aid could be delivered to the needy.
“There will be humanitarian tragedy if no help reaches the people of Kunduz because the poorest remained behind who could not even buy bread,” he added.
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