August 26, 2006


via miserable donuts

Local authorities on Thursday appealed for emergency relief for thousands of families displaced by recent fighting and drought in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.

Fierce fighting over the past two months between government forces and the ousted Taliban militia, coupled with this year’s particularly hash drought, have forced nearly 4,000 families to leave their homes and villages in Helmand, Abdul Satar Mazhari, provincial refugee department chief in Helmand, said.

“They need urgent assistance such as food, tents and even safe drinking water,” Mazhari maintained.

According to local authorities, many of the people have been displaced from Nowzad, Washeer, Garam Seer, Mussa Qala and Sangin districts.

6 comments:

Lazy said...

My sister is now in Afghanistan, following in the noble humanitarian footsteps of my parents...

Oh God, sometimes I wish I were there, you know? Does that sound crazy? I watched "The Beast" (great Afghan-Soviet war flick) during my recent delirium and hearing Pashtu almost made me cry...

dave bones said...

go. I know a film maker who travels there frequently. Made something about junkies in Kabul. There is a guy staying with us who is going out there with the British Army next spring.

Indigobusiness said...

Definitely. I wholeheartedly agree.

Listen to yourself when spoken to.

BigDog said...

The Beast is a terrific film. I was surprised that it was an older film. Production quality is good, the storyline and charactors are top notch.

dave bones said...

I'll see if I can get hold of the guys Kabul Junkies film or footage. the only film I know about the Afghan-Soviet war is Rambo 3!

I watched a doco in the cinema about a kid growing up in the gap where the blown up buddahs used to live.

BigDog said...

Made sure it wa the Amazon.uk site :-)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0000E3HJ6/026-0695049-2922023?v=glance&n=283926&s=gateway&v=glance

Originally released in 1988. I couldn't find a wide screen edition :-(