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Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world; the majority of the population is malnourished and suffers from hunger. Widows and their children are affected especially strongly, as they are excluded by society. To help these disadvantaged people, we started our Ramadan Campaign in 2019.
Our chairwoman, Hila, and our member, Arthur, had been to the Pul-e-Sheena camp in March to get an picture of the living conditions there. In this camp, internally displaced people from all parts of the country as well as those having returned from Pakistan, live in clay houses covered with tarps. Our member, Winuss Azizi, was faced with a similar unacceptable situation in the Ansarcamp in Herat, where the families find shelter in old UNICEF tents. Both camps lack basic food supplies to ensure the survival of their inhabitants.
As has been the case every year, we have been supported again in 2019. At the beginning of Ramadan this year, we provided 255 refugee families in the Ansar camp in Herat and 520 refugee families in the Pul-e-Sheena camp in Kabul with staples, such as oil, flour, sugar, tea, beans, rice and a 50 l (13 gl) bucket to hold water.
We rely on direct action. In this case it is our partner, the Afghani Women’s Society, and our members in Afghanistan, who buy for and distribute the food to the families – fair, transparent and right before the start of Ramadan. As soon as the needs of the families were met, the surplus donations were transferred to our school building projects.