Afghanistan: flying food
21-02-1996 News Release 96/07
Since the ICRC airlift to Kabul began on 3 February, some 500 tonnes of food have been flown in from Peshawar and distributed to over 70,000 people. Widows, orphans, the elderly and other needy people, including many families with disabled breadwinners, have been the first to receive this emergency aid. The distributions, carried out by volunteers from the Afghan Red Crescent, started in 10 of the 16 districts of the Afghan capital and will be extended to cover the remaining districts as more aid arrives.
Initially intended to meet the needs of 100,000 particularly vulnerable people, ICRC aid will probably have to be stepped up, as within 15 days alone over 60,000 other people came to be registered on the ICRC's distribution lists. In the meantime, the total blockade to which Kabul had been subjected has now eased somewhat with the intermittent reopening of the southern access road. " While it's true that the reopening of the southern route has made it possible to build up emergency stocks sufficient for two weeks " , cautioned Mick Greenwood, ICRC relief coordinator in Kabul, " the airlift will go on, both to make up for the shortfall in January and to meet the urgent needs of the people now receiving ICRC aid. And that means bringing in 1,000 tonnes per month. "