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Germany continues winter aid in Afghanistan

04.12.2008

The harsh winter in Afghanistan this year will put the lives of many people at risk. The Federal Foreign Office is making available another one million euro to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to provide basic necessities to people in particularly remote regions.

These funds will help improve logistic support so that the vitally essential food aid really does reach people on the ground. The remoteness of many areas has created an ongoing bottleneck in the international relief efforts.

In early November, the German Government set up an Afghanistan Winter Aid Task Force to coordinate and identify German emergency aid. It will assess the current situation on the ground and subsequently coordinate the provision of German aid. It will thus help to avert a major humanitarian crisis. The Task Force identified logistic support as an especially urgent aspect of winter aid.

The Task Force will be headed by the German Ambassador, Werner Lauk. Alongside representatives of the Federal Foreign Office, it comprises experts from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as the Federal Ministry of Defence.

Germany's winter aid for Afghanistan thus amounts to 6.5 million euro this year alone. This brings the total amount made available by the Federal Foreign Office for humanitarian aid and humanitarian demining in Afghanistan since 2001 to around 84 million euro.

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