A number of Afghans living in the US have provided food aid to Khost-based refugees from Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan.
Voice of America reporter Ibrahim Rahimi told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday Ashna TV journalist Syed Suleman Ashna had collected the funds in Washington and Virginia states.
He quoted Ashna as saying that they wanted to supply food items to the refugee families that were yet to receive aid. The US-based Afghans will continue to get the refugees more assistance.
The refugees living in the Sheikh Amir village of Gurbaz district received the food aid. Transit Director Rahman Siddique Siddiqui said aid distribution was based a survey.
He said: “The assistance included cooking oil, sugar, tea and other basic items. The aid was delivered to the families that were judged as needier than others.”
Khan Bahadur, a refugee from Waziristan, thanked the US-based Afghans for supporting them. “Although we need more aid, we thank them for taking this initiative.”
Meanwhile, the governor’s office said more than 14,000 refugee families had been given assistance so far. UN agencies, Afghan and international organisations provided the aid.
More than 25,000 families are said to have fled a full-blown military operation in North Waziristan and crossed into Khost. Of them, over 18,000 have been registered.
Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi promised all refugees would be given food and non-food assistance on the eve of Eidul Fitr.