Red Crescent distributes aid to Kunduz families

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A local office of the Afghan Red Crescent Society in Kunduz says it has distributed aid to eight hundred vulnerable families in the province.

Mohammad Reza Naseri, head of the Kunduz Red Crescent Society, says 11 million afghanis worth of food has been provided to the needy.

“The total worth of this aid is more than eleven million, we started the distribution process today and we will finish it by tomorrow,” he said.

“Several items of food and non-food items are provided to each family,” said Abdul Halim Halim, head of the Kunduz Red Crescent Society for Disaster Management. “These donations also include clothes and flour.”

Meanwhile, a number of citizens in the northern province of Kunduz complain about the lack of employment, saying that the cold weather, on the one hand, and poverty and unemployment on the other, have added to their problems.

“There are no jobs, we ask the Islamic Emirate to provide job opportunities and to continue such kinds of assistance to the people” said Baba Shireen, a resident of Kunduz.

“The government should set up factories for us and provide us with job opportunities because all the people are out of jobs,” said Jalat Khan, a resident of Kunduz.

60-year-old Abdul Rahim, whose three sons were wounded in recent years due to fighting and are now disabled, said that he is the sole breadwinner for his family and his three sons, but is unable to find a piece of bread for his family.

“If we sell our home appliances … we will have to reach out to one side, because man cannot tolerate hunger,” said Abdulrahim.

Meanwhile, several families who are struggling to survive in the capital city of Kabul said Monday that aid agencies must transparently distribute assistance to the vulnerable people in Kabul.

Despite the flow of assistance to Afghanistan over the last months, dozens of poor families claimed they have not received aid so far.

“In the last three nights I bought two loaves of bread, my children ate them with boiled water. We have not seen aid and caring,” said Farida, a displaced woman living in Kabul.

“We live in the Dehmazang area, 3rd police district of Kabul, we are more deserving than others, we have not received aid yet,” said Habibullah, a resident.

In the meantime, officials at the Ministry of Interior said the Islamic Emirate has established a commission to manage the process of assisting people.

“The commission is responsible to assess the process of helping, and to recognize who deserves help,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the MoI.

After the fall of the former government in August, Afghanistan’s economy has been pushed close to collapse, as families lost their sources of income and poverty is on the rise.—Tolo News

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