An ‘Alert for Afghanistan’ was launched on Wednesday by the humanitarian church network ACT following warnings that up to one million Afghans could die of starvation without immediate aid in the worst drought in 30 years.
ACT members, the Church World Service (CWS) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), have so far provided much-needed assistance in food, water, health and sanitation to 1,500 vulnerable families. As the harsh Afghan winter approaches, CWS, in association with Cooperation Centre for Afghanistan and the Norwegian Project Office, plans to assist 5,000 families in Kabul, Hazarajat and Northern Afghanistan. These families, comprising female headed households, ethnic/religious minorities and IDPs belong to the marginalised communities and thus the worst affected by the drought. CWS proposes to assist and sustain these families with a winter package of three months food rations, three month heating oil supplies, and a shelter kit of blankets, plastic sheeting and ground sheeting.
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