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Afghanistan: Winter relief in Kabul

16-12-1998 News Release 98/50

As in previous years, the ICRC has set up a programme to assist part of the population of Kabul during what promises to be a harsh winter. Warm clothing, plastic sheeting and coal will be distributed to almost 3,200 people living in 540 households headed by widows and eligible for ICRC assistance, as well as to 120 families with paraplegic breadwinners. The Afghan Red Crescent Society will assist 2,500 other families by providing them with the same basic essentials. The ICRC both furnishes these supplies and monitors their distribution. Furthermore, food rations are provided throughout the year to more than 22,000 particularly vulnerable families.

In addition, some 3,300 girls and boys, including 570 orphans, will receive shoes and other clothing.

Four Afghan non-governmental organizations have been selected to manufacture shoes and eiderdowns intended for the ICRC's beneficiaries. This provides two months of employment for more than 1,000 women.