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Sale of WFP, UNICEF food aid banned in Khost

Sale of WFP, UNICEF food aid banned in Khost

Jan 18, 2018 - 15:28

Mohammad Haroon

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The Public Healthinfo-icon Department on Thursday banned the sale and purchase of food items meant for malnourished children in southeastern Khost province.

The food items -- largely made of protein and peanuts -- are locally called Kako provided to some government institutions for children by the Worldinfo-icon Food Programme (WFP) and UN International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

However, the food items are being sold in Khost markets. A Pajhwok Afghan News report revealed last week that the food was distributed to children. Instead it is being openly sold in shops.

After the report was released, Deputy Director Public Health Dr. Gul Mohammadin acknowledged the illegal sale of the food. But he alleged the food had been supplied to markets by recipients’ families.

He told Pajhwok that after a discussion with a UNICEF delegation from Kabulinfo-icon, it was decided the Kako food sale be sternly prevented.

Mohammadin said families would be asked to bring empty packets of the food to get more aid. This step, according to him, will help ensure the food is not sold.

“The families who receive Kako food must bring empty packages to get more aid. Any shopkeeper selling the food will be brought to justice with support from security forces.”

Meanwhile, a resident of Khost City, Mohammad Shah, welcomed the step by the department. He also praised Pajhwok for playing a crucial role in highlighting the issue and improving the societyinfo-icon.

Mohammad Shah asked the government and aid agencies to continue their assistance to needy children.




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