PEACE NEWS’ KABUL WINTER APPEAL
An open letter from John Pilger, Benjmain Zephaniah et al
The recent announcement by Afghanistan’s Health Minstry that one in ten Afghan children will die before their fifth birthday is a stark reminder of the hidden human costs of the US and Britain’s disastrous and immoral war in Afghanistan.
Though they have been able to find over $450bn to fight the latter, the US/UK have spent only a tiny fraction of this sum on meeting genuine human needs there, with the result that millions of Afghans are facing hunger and disease this winter.
This can be seen in microcosm in District 2 of Kabul, where some 300 destitute families – most of whom returned to Afghanistan in early 2002
having fled the Taliban regime and the civil war that preceded it – live on a derelect site with no access to electricity or clean water.
Homeless and trapped by mass unemployment, their tents are no match for the Afghan winter.
Last year, money donated by a handful of generous individuals was turned into nearly a ton of food and fuel for the people of the camp. One
hundred per cent of everything given reached its intended recipients.
A similar appeal has now been launched for this year:
http://tinyurl.com/kabulrefugees. We urge you to support it.