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.